Salem Christian school teacher jailed for sex abuse

1114-donald-mansellSalem, Ore. — A former Salem Christian school teacher and coach was sentenced to 30 days behind bars after he pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of harassment, according to a report by the Statesman Journal.

37-year-old Donald Mansell’s misdemeanor convictions stem from incidents where he fondled two teenage female Livingston Adventist Academy students and asked them for sex.

Mansell, the son-in-law of Marion County Judge Vance Day, was sentenced to five years of probation that will begin after he is released from jail—but his probation may be limited to just three years if he fully complies with the terms.

He’ll also be required to register as a sex offender after he’s released. Court documents show Mansell will be able to have the convictions erased from his record in time.

An attorney representing Mansell’s victims told the Statesman Journal the sentence is the “worst miscarriage of justice that occurs in our system”. “This is a tragedy. It’s horrible,” he said. “I don’t think its a good thing for our society when a teacher can do that kind of thing and get a light sentence.”

A retired judge was appointed to the case because of Mansell’s relationship to Judge Day.

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