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Teacher gets jail time for sex with student

A former Basehor-Linwood teacher and coach will spend two days in jail for having sexual relations with one of his students. The former teacher will also have to file as a sex offender.

April 15, 2010

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— A former Basehor-Linwood High School teacher will serve two days in jail for inappropriate sexual relations with a student.

Scott Neil, who was a high school history teacher and wrestling coach, received a six-month suspended sentence Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court for one count of unlawful sexual relations with a 16-year-old student. Judge Gunnar Sundby also ordered Neil to spend 48 hours in jail with 12 months probation, during which he must complete a sex offender program. Neil also must register as a sex offender.

Neil, a 44-year-old Tonganoxie resident, pleaded guilty Feb. 17 for two 2008 incidents that took place with the female student. Prosecutors said one took place in the high school.

At Neil’s sentencing hearing, the victim’s mother she was disturbed and disgusted by the actions of a man whom Basehor-Linwood students had trusted.

“I’m still trying to understand why Scott Neil … preyed on my young, naïve daughter,” she said. “We as parents believed we could send her to school safe with the assurance she would be taken care of by the faculty. I also wish my daughter had the self-confidence … to have not allowed it. She gave into the fantasy he created for her. She fell to his sickening charm. It sickens me he took something so intimate for a young lady and made a mockery of it.”

The mother asked the court to take into account the age difference between Neil and her daughter, as well as his position as a teacher at the time the crime occurred.

Neil’s attorney, Patrick Lewis, said Neil took full responsibility for his actions and had on numerous occasions expressed his remorse.

“I think the most important thing I can inform this court of is in all of our conversations, (Neil) has never attempted to push off responsibility,” Lewis said. “He has never blamed the young woman involved. He knows he had a responsibility as a teacher, and he violated that. He’s asked himself why this happened, how he could make such a big mistake, and he’s had difficulty figuring that out.”

Neil also addressed the court before he was sentenced and said he hoped the student, her family, his own family and the school district could someday forgive him.

Sundby imposed 48 hours in jail.

“You can take two days to think about what you’ve done, free from the distractions of home,” Sundby said. “I think you need an answer to why this happened.”

Neil was hired at the high school in 1996. He was earning $43,857 annually when he resigned his teaching and coaching duties in October 2009.

In addition to Neil, a second teacher in the Basehor-Linwood district has been suspended in connection with allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with the same student. The second case remains under investigation with no charges filed.

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bearded_gnome 4 years ago

gee wiz, I thought only priests in the Catholic church took advantage of children sexually!

studies show it is more common in public school than in the catholic church.


two days? what kinda name is "Gunnar Sudby?" I agree with the RSO status, but two days in jail? way too light!

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Hydra 4 years ago

Is he a democrat or republican? Catholic or other?

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cletus26 4 years ago

excuse me; where is the punishment for that fas-heifer? the man was just getting what the girl gave him. she is old enough to know and knows what is involved w/ sex and whatnot. she wanted just what he gave her and she is as guilty as him. he shouldn't have done the act and he broke a clause in his contract, but the girl needs to do some time and community service for her part in it too. it takes two to tango. yes the girl was not of age, but she is at a understanding age and she knew what she was doing and when her parents think about hard enough i hope they ask for her to recieve some kind of punishment too.

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Pebbels 4 years ago

I don't care if it is a teacher, a priest, mentor or coach. Any person (regardless of gender or profession) should be severely punished for taking advantage of someone they have influence over. Even if they are being sought after - they need to say no and set the example. If they can't - the consequences should be fair and harsh.

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kewlb 4 years ago

for those of u who think he got off lightly for having to register as a sex offender,this guy is an adult and knows that there will be consequences if caught doing what he did,this day and age its not rocket science to figure that out.he should be held responsible.that is not being held responsible.i know of a person that had a consentual relationship with a girl that was 16 when he was 18 and he had to register and served 3 years in prison.this scum is a coach?coach to lure 16 year olds to have sex with,u people are rediculous and obviously dont have a daughter or have any feelings for the parents whos daughter this was.he should spend some time in prison and let bubba teach him what its like to be taken advantage of..

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mizzou_fan01 4 years ago

im not sure why my comments are being removed perhaps its cause im a fan of mizzou lol or ppl dont like to hear my opinions. im just hoping that its cause ppl dont like to hear my opinions lol

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Steven Gaudreau 4 years ago

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kimk 4 years ago

I agree with you 100% ballgirl. Some of these girls are out of control! While I do not know the facts of this paticular case, it certainly sounds like there could be other facts that allowed for Mr. Neil's sentence. Unfortunatly, pleading to any sex crime in the state of KS makes you a registered sex offender.

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ballgirl 4 years ago

Have any of you stopped to think that perhaps you don't know the FACTS of this case? It is very scary to see how manipulating and conniving a high school girl can be. There is and continues to be a very disturbing pattern of behavior from this girl. I pray that you never have a family member or friend cross paths with such an individual and have to pay for it for the rest of their life. Despite what many of you are calling a light sentence, this man no longer has a career in teaching, is registered as a sex offender...which is obsurd, and will carry this for the rest of his life. The girl, in the meantime, continues to move on to her next conquest.

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barrypenders 4 years ago

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kimk 4 years ago

If a 16 year old had murdered someone everyone would be out to try him/her as an adult, but if a crime like this happens, and I use that term loosely, everyone jumps on the bandwagon that that person is a child. I see a lot of hypocrisy in that way of thinking.

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catblu 4 years ago

After his 2 days of "shocktime" he should apply for a job in the Tonganoxie school district. They have hired people that spent time on the sex offender list.

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kimk 4 years ago

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demonfury 4 years ago

Kansas law states that sexual consent for a 16 year old (either gender) is valid among those with full mental faculties (no mental disabilities). It does not state that your partner must be within 2 years of your age at the time of consent. So this guy would only have to be a registered offender due to either her non-consent, or she has some form of mental disability limiting her ability to make rational choices. As for the woman teacher that got 5 years, the boy she took advantage of was mentally disabled. I love how everyone is so quick to judge. It would have been better if this story actually had some relavent information in it. But you can't expect the LJW do offer that kind of reporting.

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middlemgmt 4 years ago

I don't care if she walked up to him naked and begged him to have sex with her, he should have said no. Teachers should NEVER sleep with students. He was certainly old enough to know better.

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Roland Gunslinger 4 years ago

For those who complain that his sentence was light (and I'll agree that it is) then you should take a look at the double standard that is given for female teachers.

Nicole Pomerleau, a high-school English teacher in Charlotte, N.C., admitted she had sex with a 16-year-old male student. She did not get prison time and did not have to register as a sex offender.

Traci Tapp, a gym teacher in Hammonton, N.J., was accused of sexual contact with three students. She plead guilty and received a fine of $250.

Lisa Robyn Marinelli was a 40-year-old substitute teacher in New Port Richey, Florida. She plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor (the boy was 15). She received a year of house arrest and must register as a sex offender.

Margaret De Barraicua was a Sacramento, CA, intern teacher . She plead guilty to four counts of felony statutory rape (16 y/o male student). She received a year sentence.

Nicole Long was a 29-year-old English teacher at Ayersville High School in Defiance, OH. She slept with a 17 year old student and got pregnant by him. She received a 45 day sentence.

Beth Geisel was a teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY. She had sex with two high school juniors and was charged with two felony charges of rape in the third degree and two charges of endangering the welfare of a minor. Shewas sentenced to six months in jail.

This is a surprisingly rare low sentence for a male teacher, female teachers on the other hand routinely get light sentences. It is a rare case for a female teacher to receive a lengthy punishment.

I think there needs to be minimum sentences put in place for teacher/student sex. And it should be applied uniformly between both genders.

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Victoria 4 years ago

As a teacher, I find this guy disgusting. Kids are not innocent and yes, some young girls like to try to charm older men and feel flattered when they give them attention. However, this man KNEW how old she was and did it IN THE SCHOOL? He needs to sit in jail to "think it over" for about 5 years. I'll be he would be a much more remorseful then! Inexcuseable sentencing for inexcuseable behavior on the teacher's behalf.

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pagano 4 years ago

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hujiko 4 years ago

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conservative 4 years ago

@myname. The age of consent in ks is 16 however that is only true if your partner is within 2 years of your age. So the 16 year old could legally have sex with a 18 year old but not someone 19. Or at least that is the way i have always understood ks law.

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MyName 4 years ago

The reason why he got such a light sentence is simple: the age of consent in Kansas is 16, and I'm assuming she was 16 at the time this happened. This isn't to say what happened was right, it's just to explain why the judge was forced to give out a lighter sentence than the situation in Lawrence (where the student was 15).

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mizzou_fan01 4 years ago

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Tony Kisner 4 years ago

It is time for the teaching profession to police it's own. I know the lecher's I work with so do you. And the day after graduation is not fair game day.

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ksjayhawk74 4 years ago

2 days in jail for having sex with a student!! Good thing he didn't have any weed on him.

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boothillbilly 4 years ago

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boothillbilly 4 years ago

notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol: You only need to post once.

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boothillbilly 4 years ago

notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol: You only need to post once.

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boothillbilly 4 years ago

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Multidisciplinary 4 years ago

I think this is A-Okay..a long as he gets two whole days and nights with Bubba. Alone. With the lights on. With piped in loop tape of Michael Bolton's "Can I Touch You There" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYP9hW...

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kimk 4 years ago

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notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

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notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

at 16, no I don't think that she is a kid anymore, the fact that could have about 4 kids by that age proves that, however our society is so hyper sensitive these days that these kind of things get way over blown. and the fact that he didn't rape her or force her to do anything says to me that she is at least equally at fault, at most he should have received a couple weeks suspension from work and no sex registry sign up, putting people like this in it only makes it harder to find the true sickos. but then i'm not clouded by paranoia like some people. lighten up folks its just sex

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coldplay 4 years ago

The way these HS girls dress there days it's shocking this doesn't happen more. People who think 16 y/o's are "kids", wake the f*ck up. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about and are out of touch. They are not mature adults yet (I know 30 y/o's who aren't, however), but the things they are doing socially and sexually would blow your mind. I actually feel bad for many male teachers these days, these girls are smarter than you give them credit for, they work these guys, tease them, know they can get what they want by dangling sex in front of the men. Mine is an unpopular position, but so was the thought of a black guy voting 40 years ago.

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independant1 4 years ago

The school pope must be held accountable. Just another example of how the school cult takes care of their own.

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Shardwurm 4 years ago

If you pay the teachers more they'll stop having sex with the children.

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BigPrune 4 years ago

Wow, how many teachers in our immediate area are having sex with our children? Seems like someone gets busted at least once a year. I wonder how the school systems try to weed out these perverts? This is a national epidemic within our public school system.

Can the parents sue, or does the tort reform act prevent it from happening since the school is government run, thus exempt?

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jackpot 4 years ago

I think the judges need to go to Mississippi to learn. The 17 yo got 10 years for oral sex from a 15 yo no force used. It's crazy that he got two days for this.

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mizzou_fan01 4 years ago

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getreal 4 years ago

The child, and yes a 16 year old is a child, is in NO way responsible for any of it. I don't care what role she played. An adult, especially one in a position of authority and leadership should NEVER take advantage of a teenager. I don't care if she asked him to or consented. Do some of you who think she played a role also think that somehow rape victims are asking for it.

He should be listed as a sexual predator for the rest of his life - he is one!!!

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workingmom87 4 years ago

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years ago

"I also wish my daughter had the self-confidence … to have not allowed it. She gave into the fantasy he created for her. She fell to his sickening charm."

Wrapped up in those words are the roots of her lack of self-confidence.

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Edward Coan 4 years ago

NO excuses. As an educator who works with kids you have to walk away from it. In fact it should never be in your mind.

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Edward Coan 4 years ago

His career as a teacher and working with kids is over.

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Navan 4 years ago

I wouldn't be having sex with a 16 year old!!!!! Why can't you get that in your head ? Who is the adult here? There is such a thing as self control. I wonder if he is sorry he had sex with a teenager or if he is sorry he got caught. I'm willing to bet money he is sorry he got caught . You want to blame the girl a teenager whose brain is not even done developing yet but not the 44 year old man who didn't seem to have any self control.

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kthxbi 4 years ago

I was thinking the exact opposite, like the second teacher saw how easily manipulated or insecure the girl was and took advantage.

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ferrislives 4 years ago

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CATgotYOURtongue 4 years ago

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cheeseburger 4 years ago

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compmd 4 years ago

The coach received a life sentence by being branded a sex offender. And yet some of you think he got off easy? Id like to see the wake up call you'd get if you were in this coach's shoes.

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independant1 4 years ago

Wow! Really weird stuff!!! 44 year old teacher/coach - 16 year old student - sexual contact

48 hours away from home to reflect and find the answer.

A second teacher in the Basehor-Linwood district has been suspended in connection with allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with the same student.

Another reflective period of time away from home sentence perhaps.

Now that's what I call creative sentencing. Regardless of facts not contained in article it's just to weird to be true?

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Steven Gaudreau 4 years ago

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Bob Kraxner 4 years ago

What a fvcking joke this is!!! He is old enough to be the kids father, and should know better. Seems to me that the judge has just enabled him to become a repeat offender.

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emptymind 4 years ago

Are you kidding me? He is 44, she is 16......he should not have gotten off so lightly.

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angel4dennis 4 years ago

This sickens me! he needs to spend a lot more time than 2 days. He was a trusted leader for the children, a teacher has the responsibility to model good behavior and he failed this young girl. Perhaps because he accepted the accusations and said he was guilty is why he got so less time. It is those that fight the realization of their crime that end up with more time. i am also thinking that Sunby needs to be investigated for passing such a mild sentence. Isn't there a grid level? I doubt 2 days is on it!!

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Steven Gaudreau 4 years ago

Notjusty, You must be looking to agitate some people. I'm not gonna bite. When you have cases of 18 yr old boys in jail for having sex with 16 yr old girlfriends, 48hrs for this 44 year old man sounds extremely lenient. There has got to be some mitigating circumstances for such a light sentence.

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notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

the fact that he has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life seems a little unfair to me

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notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

the fact that he has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life seems a little unfair to me

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matthewjherbert 4 years ago

so the female teacher from Lawrence gets 5 years....the male teacher from Basehor-Linwood gets 2 days. Fair is fair after all.

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Bob Forer 4 years ago

This doesn't even approach the proverbial "slap on the wrist." More like a kiss. Where is the deterrent value in this sentence?

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