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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.

Comments

Bob Forer 4 years, 9 months ago

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

matthewjherbert 4 years, 9 months ago

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

angel4dennis 4 years, 9 months 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!!

emptymind 4 years, 9 months ago

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

independant1 4 years, 9 months 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?

compmd 4 years, 9 months 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.

ferrislives 4 years, 9 months ago

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kthxbi 4 years, 9 months ago

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

Navan 4 years, 9 months 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.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 9 months 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.

Michelle Hayes 4 years, 9 months ago

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getreal 4 years, 9 months 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!!!

mizzou_fan01 4 years, 9 months ago

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Navan 4 years, 9 months ago

So blame everyone not the 44 year old man! Yeah that seems so reasonable. You need to wake up it's 2010 not 1950. There are two adults who failed here and they are the ones charged and the should be they should pay the rest of their lives for letting this happen.

jackpot 4 years, 9 months 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.

BigPrune 4 years, 9 months 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?

Shardwurm 4 years, 9 months ago

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

independant1 4 years, 9 months ago

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

evera 4 years, 9 months ago

Being a girl that was pregnant and married at 15 I somewhat agree. I am sure she for the most part understood what she was doing. However No 16 year old girl goes to school with the intentions of sleeping with a 44 year old teacher, there had to be pressure on his part even if it was consensual and he should in no way still be able to teach. As a teacher he does need to be held accountable for actions he full well knew were not acceptable. My husband was 20 and I was 14 when we got together and yes there was law enforcement involved and he could have gone to jail. I would not think it fair that he would have had to register as a sex offender as I feel that should be held for greater threats. Needless to say he did not go to jail and we have been married for 11 years. It is a shame that you do take it so lightly however, says that you more than likley do not have any children yourself.

kimk 4 years, 9 months ago

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independant1 4 years, 9 months ago

Michael Bolton "Can I touch you there"? That's cruel and unusual punishment.

boothillbilly 4 years, 9 months ago

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ksjayhawk74 4 years, 9 months ago

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

Tony Kisner 4 years, 9 months 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.

mizzou_fan01 4 years, 9 months ago

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MyName 4 years, 9 months 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).

conservative 4 years, 9 months 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.

hujiko 4 years, 9 months ago

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pagano 4 years, 9 months ago

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Victoria 4 years, 9 months 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.

middlemgmt 4 years, 9 months 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.

kimk 4 years, 9 months ago

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catblu 4 years, 9 months 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.

kimk 4 years, 9 months 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.

ballgirl 4 years, 9 months 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.

kimk 4 years, 9 months 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.

mizzou_fan01 4 years, 9 months 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

kewlb 4 years, 9 months 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..

Pebbels 4 years, 9 months 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.

Reuben Turner 4 years, 9 months 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.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 9 months 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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