Former Basehor-Linwood teacher pleads guilty in sex case involving student
Sentencing is scheduled in April for a former Basehor-Linwood teacher who pleaded guilty Wednesday to inappropriate sexual relations with a student.
Scott Neil, a who was a Basehor-Linwood High School history teacher and wrestling coach, pleaded guilty in Leavenworth County District Court to one count of unlawful sexual relations with a 16-year-old student, County Attorney Todd Thompson’s office reported.
The charge against Neil was filed Monday, Thompson said, for two incidents that took place with the student, one around June 1, 2008, and the other Dec. 31, 2008. One of the incidents took place in the high school, the County Attorney’s Office reported.
Neil, a 44-year-old Tonganoxie resident, was hired at the high school in 1996. He was earning $43,857 annually when he resigned his teaching and coaching duties in October 2009.
The Basehor-Linwood Board of Education suspended Neil with pay on May 20, 2009, pending completion of a police investigation into the matter. On Aug. 10, 2009, the board continued Neil’s suspension without pay, officials said. Neil resigned shortly thereafter, and the board unanimously approved his resignation on Oct. 12, 2009.
Basehor-Linwood Assistant Superintendent Mike Boyd said the district had been taking action to prevent such inappropriate teacher-student relations from occurring in the future.
“We’ve had as many discussions as we can with principals of the schools and teachers about what is and is not appropriate when dealing with students,” Boyd said. “We’ve talked about not only in-person communication, but phone calls, text messages, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, all these forms of cyber communication, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Thompson said he was happy with the plea, especially because it aligned with the wishes of the student and her family.
“I’m pleased with the outcome,” Thompson said. “The family was in agreement that this was the way they wanted to go, faced with the possible options of the case. The Basehor Police Department is also happy with it and was very cooperative during the case.”
Neil could not be reached for comment Wednesday. His attorney, Patrick Lewis, declined comment Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to Neil, a second teacher in the Basehor-Linwood School District has been suspended in connection to allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with the same female student.
School officials first brought the student’s case to the attention of law enforcement authorities on May 19, 2009, Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said.
During the investigation of Neil, Martley said, police uncovered information of an inappropriate relationship between a 29-year-old teacher and the same student that allegedly took place during the 2008-2009 school year. That teacher was suspended with pay July 15, 2009. On Aug. 10, 2009, the board continued the suspension without pay. The teacher’s resignation was accepted Sept. 14.
Thompson said Wednesday the second case was still was under investigation with no charges filed.
Neil’s sentencing is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 14. He remains free until then.