A former West Ada School District teacher convicted of rape and having sex with at least three students in the late 1980s and early ‘90s is seeking parole.
Daniel Douglas Campbell, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1991 after pleading guilty to two counts of rape and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct, was turned down at his only parole hearing 10 years ago.
Campbell, now 65, will appear before the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Idaho State Correctional Institution, 13500 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Kuna.
“My hope is to keep this dangerous man in prison,” said one of the victims, who asked that her name not be used.
The 2005 parole denial followed a 90-minute hearing that included emotional testimony from some of his victims to keep him in prison and pleas from family members calling for his release.
"I don't see myself as a predator, but I did take advantage of (the girls) ... I was an authority figure. I was responsible, " Campbell told the commission at the hearing.
Campbell took responsibility for the incidents, but never apologized to victims. He stared straight ahead as the commission announced his denial for parole. Two of his former victims could be heard letting out sighs of relief in the packed hearing room.
Campbell taught at Lowell Scott Middle School and Centennial High School. Authorities said he began grooming victims as far back as 1984. He started approaching girl students and lured them into sexual relationships, according to court records.
Three of his victims got pregnant and Campbell made them get abortions. One victim, who was 14 when she got pregnant, said Campbell threatened to hurt her family if she didn’t have an abortion.
At the 2005 parole hearing, Campbell denied forcing the pregnant girls to have abortions. He said they asked him for money and had the abortions on their own. Campbell admitted to the parole board that he signed a parental consent form for one of the girls to get an abortion in the early 1990s.
Asked by a parole board member if he thought he betrayed the “sacred trust” that teachers and coaches are given by parents, Campbell said, “You are right. I did. I hurt the victims. I hurt the profession. I hurt my family ... I threw everything away.”
Campbell denied grooming the girls. He said he allowed personal friendships to go too far. The popular teacher said the relationships developed after the girls came to him for help.
Campbell told the board he played chess with one of the girls when she came to his house. The next time, they had sex, he said.
“So you are saying you go from chess to just having sex?” then-parole member Robin Sandy asked.
“Pretty much,” Campbell said.
One of the victims denied the relationship was that casual, saying Campbell groomed her and the other victims starting in middle school. She said Campbell began by making advances like massaging her shoulders and having intense private conversations with her, which culminated in a sexual relationship by the time she was an upperclassman in high school.
When asked why he had sex with the girls, Campbell told the commissioners, “I was at the point in my life where I thought nobody cared about me ... I was oblivious. I didn't know what to think. I really messed their lives up.”
Campbell admitted at the parole hearing that there may have been as many as seven additional underage girls he might have had inappropriate relationships with, but denied having sexual intercourse with them.
The case drew national attention. Campbell was a popular science teacher at Lowell Scott Middle School and later Centennial High School and a nationally known wrestling coach when he was charged and convicted. The three girls later appeared on the “Phil Donahue” television show to discuss the case.