The Kansas City Star reports:
Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel can’t use personal social media and must apologize to his teenage victims, a judge ordered Monday, capping four months of court proceedings after he allegedly kicked a student in the groin while substitute teaching in Wellsville southwest of Kansas City.
The Republican lawmaker was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence and put on probation for a year by Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball during a short hearing conducted over Zoom.
Samsel originally faced three misdemeanor battery charges following his arrest in April that involved two victims, both approximately 16 years old. He was accused of kicking a student and videos showed him talking to a class about about God, religion, lesbianism, masturbation and suicide.
From my May report:
Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel said “God works in mysterious ways” when confronted by law enforcement officers over a bruise he allegedly gave a student while he was substitute teaching in April, according to a newly-released court document.
The Wellsville Republican faces three misdemeanor battery charges involving two approximately 16-year-old victims from an April 28 incident at the city’s high school. Numerous videos taken by students that day show Samsel ranting about God, the Bible, masturbation and suicide.
One student told police Samsel kicked him in the crotch. Samsel also told investigators he was following instructions from God.
NEW: Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel avoids jail time after pleading guilty to reduced charges in case where he was alleged to have kicked a student. He must apologize to victims and can’t use social media for personal use#ksleg https://t.co/giVlcJ4YBN
— Jonathan Shorman (@jonshorman) September 13, 2021