Jail delayed for school

A Kamloops man convicted of sexual interference with a 13-year-old girl won't begin serving his 90-day jail sentence until May – so he can finish his winter semester at the University of Calgary.

Connor Neurauter, 21, pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 4 in Kamloops provincial court, but the judge ruled he wouldn't begin his sentence until May 4.

Neurauter was 18 when he began a relationship with the 13-year-old girl. He was charged in 2016.

The delayed sentence has caused outrage online. A petition urging the University of Calgary to expel Neurauter has quickly garnered more than 18,000 signatures.

"It's time we stood behind the victims and cared less about how 'inconvenienced' sexual predators are,” wrote Nicole Radusin.

“The University of Calgary has to choose what is right,” wrote Caroline Kaufman. “Support the victim, make the campus a safe place for students, and make it known that this community won’t take issues like this lightly.”

On Wednesday, the university said it is “reviewing the situation.”

“We can confirm that Neurauter is not on the university campus this week,” the university wrote in a statement.

"The University of Calgary is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment."

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