University of Calgary under pressure to expel convicted sex offender

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

Neurauter was sentenced to more than three months in jail for sexual interference with a 13-year-old girl.

In fact, the University of Calgary is also unwilling to expel Connor Neurauter because they believe they have "no grounds" to do so.

News of Neurauter's guilty plea sparked concern among some students, prompting a petition that called for his expulsion.

University Provost Dru Marshall said the situation is complicated and hard, but the crime took place before Neurauter was enrolled as a student.

University of Calgary students are calling on the school to expel a sex offender who obtained nude photos of a 13-year-old girl, then blackmailed her into silence by threatening to release the photos to her family.

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

According to the court documents, he solicited nude photos from the young girl after the two started a brief sexual relationship.

"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".

"This does not mean that the university condones sexual violence or harassment", he said.

"The university is reviewing the situation".

"In a egregious move by the courts, his sentence has been postponed until May so Neurauter can finish this semester at the University of Calgary", reads the petition.

On Thursday, U of C officials confirmed they had asked Neurauter not to return to the school for the remainder of the semester.

In a country with a reporting rate of six per cent when it comes to sex crimes, stories like Neurauter's may discourage more from coming forward, she said.

The 21-year-old was last present on campus Monday, and although he's not expelled, he won't be allowed on U of C property, at least during the current semester, which ends in late April, said U of C provost Dru Marshall.

"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.

She says several adjournments and delays were granted to accommodate Neurauter's hockey and school schedules.

Neurauter says his son was advised by his lawyer not to speak to the media - but he's speaking out on his son's behalf.

"Obviously, it's unjust", she said.

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

"He's very remorseful ... he's learned his lesson", said Neurauter. She said she was once the victim of a sexual assault, and she's alarmed that a convicted offender would be allowed to attend classes.

"He made the decision to go to school well after this had taken place just in effort to get his life on track".

"I feel betrayed by the university", she said.