- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities denied parole Friday for a former Idaho teacher who sexually abused and impregnated at least three female students.

Daniel Douglas Campbell was sentenced to life in prison in 1991 for rape and lewd and lascivious conduct.

The Idaho Statesman (https://bit.ly/1ZltUgW) reported that Campbell, now 65, appeared before the Idaho Commissions of Pardons and Parole. It was his second bid at parole.

“We send our most treasured and loved people to a safe environment: school,” parole commissioner Janie Dressen said. “These three youngsters weren’t going to the school that any parent would want their daughter to go to. They went to a dark place. … You can’t fix this.”

Campbell taught at Lowell Scott Middle School and Centennial High School in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Authorities said he began grooming his students as potential victims in 1984, luring the children into sexual relationships.

Authorities said three of his victims got pregnant and some said Campbell made them get abortions. One of the victims - 14 at the time - said Campbell threatened to hurt her family if she didn’t terminate the pregnancy.

During a parole hearing in 2005, Campbell said he took responsibility for the abuse but didn’t apologize to his victims. He also denied grooming the girls, saying only that he allowed friendships to go too far.

During Friday’s hearing, Campbell tried to reassure commissioners that he wouldn’t abuse any more kids.

“Know that I’m not a threat to society. I can handle myself and it will never happen again,” he said. “If I could turn back time 100 times, I would. I was looking for a friend and I turned it into something that it shouldn’t have been.”

Parole commissioner David Moore said Campbell was belittling the severity of his crimes.

“I think you’ve minimized it to the nth degree as to what was going on,” Moore said. “There are a lot of other people who suffered because of you.”

The commission will again consider whether Campbell should be paroled in three years.

Victims attended the parole hearing and issued a group statement responding to the commissioners’ decision.

“While we are grateful Dan Campbell was not granted parole today, and truly are grateful for their condemnation of his actions by the parole board, we are disappointed in the board’s decision to only remand him for three additional years, forcing us to revisit this so much sooner than we had hoped,” they said in the statement.


Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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