Deputy: Student says lawmaker kicked him in testicles

An arrest affidavit says a Wellsville student accused Rep. Mark Samsel of pushing him against a wall and kicked him. The Wellsville school district has banned him from its property and events as the criminal case proceeds.


State News

May 26, 2021 - 9:08 AM

Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of kicking a high school student when he worked as a substitute teacher last spring in the Wellsville district. Photo by (Pool photo by Evert Nelson/Topeka Capital-Journal)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A high school student reported that a Kansas House member working as a substitute teacher manhandled him and kicked him in the testicles during class, and the lawmaker told authorities that God told him to do it, according to a sheriff’s deputy’s written statement.

The deputy’s affidavit, released to reporters Tuesday, said the boy showed him a golf ball-sized “road rash” and a 3-to-4 inch scratch on his back that he said appeared after Republican state Rep. Mark Samsel, of Wellsville, pushed him up against a classroom wall on April 28. 

Samsel, 36, was charged last week with three misdemeanor counts of battery following his “rude, insulting or angry” interactions with two students, ages 15 or 16, during an art class at Wellsville High School. He has pleaded not guilty. Each of the charges is punishable by up to six months in jail. 

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