Sex offender's sentence delayed so he can finish university

Sex offender's sentence delayed so he can finish university

The B.C. Prosecutions Service said in an email to CBC that the judge allowed Neurauter to serve his sentence intermittently.

On Jan. 4, Neurauter pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail for a single count of sexual interference with a person under 16 in connection with a 2016 inappropriate relationship with a then-13-year-old girl. Another charge of possession of child pornography was later dropped.

The girl said that at one point, he choked her before giving her a bra as a present.

He told her that if she did not keep the relationship a secret, he would send her nude photos to her family. However, a judge delayed the start of his jail time so he could finish his semester at the university.

The case stoked outrage because the judge allowed him to delay all but one day of his sentence to May 4 - once Neurauter had completed his semester at the university.

More than 33,000 people have signed a petition urging the University of Calgary to expel Neurauter on the grounds that his conduct violates the university's sexual violence policy. "What that policy does say, is that if the university becomes aware that a student has committed a sexual offence, they can be expelled", said Casswell.

The University of Calgary said it is reviewing Neurauter's status.

Marshall said Neurauter has been advised not to return to campus for the remainder of the term, and that the 21-year-old has not been on campus since Tuesday.

The University of Calgary hasn't said anything about what could happen if Neurauter decides to enroll for future terms at the school.

"The lack of significant consequences faced by Neurauter and other sexual predators demonstrates the dismissive attitude that society shows toward sexual violence and abuse", the club said in a statement.

"It discourages victims from coming forward as perpetrators are accommodated and their actions are excused for the sake of not impeding their 'potential'".

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Kaitlyn Casswell, the woman behind the petition, said she was disappointed at the University of Calgary. I was hoping for more.

The victim's mother wanted Neurauter expelled from the college.

"It's a wonderful idea - if conversations like this bring about change, that's fabulous", she said.

She said checking prospective students for criminal records is something that should be part of that discussion.

Connor's father, Chris Neurauter, however, disagrees.

And the U of C is discussing the possibility of distance learning with Neurauter, she said.

"He's very upset. He's trying to deal with it and work through it".

Marshall also says that other incidents at schools across Canada have emphasized the importance of such policies.

She adds that he made some "very, very poor choices" when he was younger and is undergoing counselling to get his life back on track.

She said her son has been threatened online and she's heard students are demanding class lists to find out where he's going to be on campus.

"They offered him an opportunity to better himself and I don't understand what the problem is with that", she said.

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