Lancaster administrator's employment terminatedBy Mennonite Weekly Review staff
Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School has terminated the employment of an administrator facing allegations of sexual abuse.
Lancaster Mennonite High School assistant principal Steven Geyer’s employment ended Nov. 17, superintendent Richard Thomas announced in a Nov. 21 letter to LMS constituents.
Geyer was placed on administrative leave Nov. 4 after school officials received allegations that he sexually abused international students hosted in his home.
“We will continue to cooperate with any ongoing investigation by authorities,” the letter said. “As a result of our internal review, we have terminated Steve Geyer’s employment and affiliation with LMS effective Nov. 17, 2011. He has been barred from the campus and from having contact with LMS students.”
After being told of the allegations, school officials removed students from his residence and contacted child welfare officials. Three high school students and one middle school student lived at the residence.
Because the investigation is ongoing, details have not been released about how many students are involved in the allegations and what time period is covered.
Geyer began as an English teacher at LMS in 1999 and has been assistant principal since 2005.
In the Nov. 21 statement, Thomas said the school continues to cooperate with the investigation and asked for prayer, “particularly [for] those students most affected by this situation.”
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