Kansas lawmaker accused of kicking student in groin sentenced to probation

A Kansas state lawmaker who was accused of kicking a student in the groin has been sentenced to probation, according to court records.

State Rep. Mark Samsel (R) was sentenced to 12 months probation on Monday, according to a court order. He was also ordered not to use his personal social media accounts.

Samsel's attorney, Christopher Scott told The Hill, "We’re happy with the result and reduction of charges in this matter."

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"Mr. Samsel is very sorry for his actions, loves his community, and looks forward to moving on from this incident and continuing to represent his district in the Kansas Legislature," Scott said added.

Samsel was arrested in late April and later pleaded not guilty to three charges of misdemeanor battery after the altercation at a public high school in Wellsville, Kan.

Video taken by students in the class showed Samsel talking to the students about God, the Bible, masturbation and suicide before he allegedly kicked the student in the groin.

“You’re about to anger me and get the wrath of God. Do you believe me when I tell you that God has been speaking to me?” Samsel says in the video before grabbing the teenager and threatening to “kick him in the balls.” Samuel appears to kick the student about 10 minutes later.

At the time he was arrested, Samsel denied kicking or striking the student. However, Samsel told police that he “barely grabbed him, firmly, but enough, right by the shoulders.”

The original misdemeanor charges for Samsel carried a penalty of six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 per charge, according to the original complaint.

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In early August, Samsel said in a Facebook post that he surrendered his substitute teacher’s license due to “extreme stress, pressure and agitation” brought on by an “isolated episode of mania with psychotic features.” He also indicated that he was receiving mental health treatment.

That post appeared to have been deleted or removed from public view.

During a court hearing on Monday, Samsel apologized for what happened, The Kansas City Star reported.

“Your honor, I just want to say I’m sorry for what happened. I never intended to hurt anybody,” Samsel said.

Samsel pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges. In addition to his probation, he also has to write letters of apology to his victims and follow mental health treatment recommendations, the newspaper reported.

Updated at 12:24 p.m.