Sex offender's sentence delayed so he can finish university

Connor Neurauter 21 was convicted in a Kamloops B.C. court last week after pleading guilty to a charge of sexual interference with a 13-year-old girl in 2015

Connor Neurauter 21 was convicted in a Kamloops B.C. court last week after pleading guilty to a charge of sexual interference with a 13-year-old girl in 2015

Specific details are covered by a publication ban, but the case involved nude photos of the girl, and the incident occurred when he was 18. He served the first day of punishment on January 4 but then the judge delayed his sentence to May 4 so that the sexual predator could finish his semester.

University Provost Dru Marshall said the situation is fraught with complications as the crime happened before Neurauter was enrolled as a student.

Neurauter was sentenced to 90 days in jail, two years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

The University of Calgary says a student who has been convicted of sexual interference would be escorted off campus if he tried to return and a student sexual assault prevention club says it's been working hard to respond to the emotional fallout of the controversy.

Kamloops This Week reported from the trial that Neurauter, a former junior hockey goaltender, obtained nude photos from a 13-year-old girl and threatened to show them to her family. "This is important, because our policies do not apply to activity that occurred before the person was a member of our campus community", Marshall wrote.

The victim's mother says Neurauter was given special treatment by the courts since the charges were laid in July 2016.

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.

Survivors have been visiting the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club for support as the case stirs up their own hard memories and emotions, said president Shelby Montgomery.

The university says Neurauter hasn't been suspended, but his status is under review. "It discourages victims from coming forward as perpetrators are accommodated and their actions are excused for the sake of not impeding their 'potential'".

The U of C's vow to keep Neurauter off campus for now and to seek wider policies on sex abuse and universities is encouraging, said Kaitlyn Casswell, the person behind the petition. The school's sexual violence policy, which was implemented in June 2017, states that "the University's policies, administrative processes and discipline systems are independent of the civil and criminal justice legal systems".

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Neurauter, now 21, entered a guilty plea to the interference charge last week, a decision his mother told CTV News was made to spare his victims the trauma of a trial.

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

She said the petition will remain active until a final decision is made. She said many adjournments and delays were granted to Neurauter to adjust his hockey and school schedules.

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

"Nobody has stood up and said no, during the whole thing - there was not one time where the judge or even the Crown said 'please, this is not right.' The victims are the ones who have been paying over and over, every time we went to court".

Marshall was asked whether the school is aware of any direct threats against Neurauter.

"He's very remorseful ... he's learned his lesson", said Neurauter.

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

"This is a product of a culture that we live in that doesn't tend to respond adequately to acts of sexual violence", she said.

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