TOPEKA, Kan. (AP & WDAF) — A deputy says a high school student told him that a Kansas House member kicked him in the testicles while the lawmaker was working as a substitute teacher last month.
The deputy’s affidavit was released to reporters Tuesday. It says Republican state Rep. Mark Samsel of Wellsville acknowledged the day after the April 28 incident at Wellsville High School that he had “demonstrated a kick” for an unruly student. Samsel told the deputy he did not kick the student.
According to both witness accounts, videos, and the affidavit, Samsel talked about the wrath of God, the devil and other topics during the 5th period that day. The video showed Samsel pushing a student into a wall and yelling, “I’m going to unleash the wrath of God on you.”
The court documents show that Samsel admitted he was losing his temper because one of the teenagers was goofing off and wouldn’t follow directions during class.
Samsel said he became more frustrated after the student ignored him several times when he was told to go to the principal’s office.
The teenager told police he thought Samsel was kidding until Samsel grabbed his shoulders and pushed him up against the wall.
Court papers reveal Samsel admitted touching the student’s shoulders, but he claimed he gently placed his hands on the teenager’s shoulders before gently releasing him.
Samsel said the victim continued to get into his personal space and refused to follow his directions. He told police that he told the victim several times that he would “kick him in the balls” if he didn’t behave.
That’s when Samsel told investigators “I had a crystal-clear moment and I swear to God and the camera, that God said ‘Yes,’ that is what I was supposed to do.”
The victim told investigators that Samsel kicked him in the groin and that he was in pain for 10 to 15 minutes. Officers also took pictures of a possible road rash the size of a golf ball on his right shoulder and a scratch on his left shoulder.
When investigators told Samsel about the injuries, he responded by saying the teenager embellished what happened. He continued saying, “I think he stepped into me, and I think he bumped me.” Samsel also said that he thought maybe the victim bruised “softly” but that “God works in mysterious ways.”
When investigators asked Samsel to explain, he told them that he knew a girl in the class was going to take a video of what happened. Samsel described it as something “that is going to look crazy to the world.” He told police he didn’t think the girl would use the video against him, but that he believed the girl would use it for “a higher purpose.”
Samsel also told investigators that he did not kick the young man and that the teenager embellished what happened. He said, “I did it just enough tO, and I don’t even know if I made contact” to be honest.
Samsel faces three misdemeanor battery charges and is accused of rude, insulting or angry contact with two students and of causing bodily harm to one of them. The court also ordered a mental health evaluation. Samsel is scheduled to be back in court on July 12.