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Canada Convicted B.C. sex offender won't be expelled, U of C advises Connor Neurauter to stay away from campus

16:32  12 january  2018
16:32  12 january  2018 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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Connor Neurauter , 21, pleaded guilty in a B . C . court last week to sexual interference involving a Kaitlyn Casswell, who started a petition to expel Neurauter from the University of Calgary, says the school is sending the wrong message by simply advising him to stay away from the campus .

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Despite public outrage and concerns expressed by students, the University of Calgary won’t expel Connor Neurauter.

The decision was announced Thursday in a statement from the school’s provost and academic vice-president, Dru Marshall, saying the school has no grounds to expel the 21-year-old student, who recently pleaded guilty in a British Columbia court to a sex crime against a minor but was allowed to delay his incarceration to continue his studies.

Neurauter has not been on campus this month and was advised by the institution not to return for the rest of the current term.

“The matter in British Columbia occurred before Mr. Neurauter was a student at the University of Calgary,” Marshall said in the statement.

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A convicted sex offender who has been barred from the University of Calgary campus is set to start serving his jail sentence earlier than anticipated. Connor Neurauter pleaded guilty last year in Kamloops, B . C ., to a charge of sexual interference involving an 13-year-old girl in 2015.

Convicted sex offender Connor Neurauter will now be serving his sentence on weekends. “We would like to clarify that Mr. Neurauter has not been on campus since Tuesday, Jan. 9, and we have advised him not to return to campus for the remainder of the term,” the U of C said in a statement at

“This is important, because our policies do not apply to activity that occurred before the person was a member of our campus community.”

She also said the court-imposed publication ban — enacted to protect the identity of the victim — prevents all of the facts about the case from being known.

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.

The B.C. prosecution service says he served the first day of his sentence Jan. 4, but the judge permitted him to serve the remainder starting May 4, after finishing his semester at the University of Calgary.

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The decision prompted outrage both within and outside the U of C campus, with a petition urging the school to expel Neurauter garnering 50,000 signatures in just three days.

While students said the dilemma draws into question the school’s commitment to protecting victims of gender-based violence, Marshall said the decision doesn’t change the University of Calgary’s commitment to providing a safe environment for both faculty and students.

“Situations such as this challenge us as a community to consider all of the facts as we determine the best possible course of action for everyone involved,” she said.

“As a university committed to open dialogue, we encourage respectful conversations and debate about challenging issues, always considering multiple perspectives.”

Kaitlyn Casswell, who started the petition to expel Neurauter, told Postmedia she’s dismayed by the decision, stressing that the fight isn’t over for those concerned over student safety.

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“I find it confusing that they have told him to stay off campus, but have not outright condemned his actions,” she said.

“The petition will remain active while we wait to hear what resolution the U of C mentions in this statement — I hold out hope that this will not be the final decision from the university.”

Former Neurauter classmate and childhood sexual-abuse survivor Leia Astorga-Hoffmann said the decision left her feeling heartbroken, adding the school requesting he not attend classes offers her no comfort.

“I’m disappointed they’ve chosen non-action, and to stand by inadequate policies rather than taking a leadership role,” she said.

“It makes no difference where or when he victimized a child — what matters is that he did, and he was convicted for it.

“I expected much more.”

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