Kansas lawmaker Mark Samsel pleads ‘not guilty’ in high school battery case

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel pled not guilty on all counts at his first hearing, after being charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery against a high school student.

Samsel appeared in-person with counsel, Chris Scott.

Franklin county attorney and state prosecutor Brandon Jones was present. The hearing was led by Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball in Ottawa.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Samsel was arrested for misdemeanor battery involving a student. He has since been released on bond. Investigators said Samsel was working as a substitute teacher in the Wellsville School District at the time.

Samsel was given a copy of the complaint during his appearance, but his counsel, attorney Chris Scott, declined formal reading of the complaint.

“Judge at this point we’d enter a not guilty plea. I would like a chance to request discovery and review that with my client,” Scott said.

Samsel’s second hearing is now scheduled for July 12 at 11:30 a.m. A mental health evaluation was ordered within 21 days.

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