Former Lancaster assistant principal pleads guilty to sexual abuse chargesBy Mennonite World Review staff
Former Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite High School assistant principal Steven Geyer pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual offenses June 20.
The charges include five counts of felony and misdemeanor indecent assault, three counts of felony corruption of minors and three counts of felony unlawful contact with a minor.
The events involved inappropriate contact with three male South Korean students hosted in Geyer’s home between 2009 and 2011. The victims ranged in age from 12 to 16 at the time of the incidents.
According to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, assistant district attorney Karen Mansfield told Lancaster County President Judge Joseph Madenspacher that Geyer threatened to send the boys back home if they didn’t allow the contact.
“The entering of a guilty plea by Mr. Geyer is another step in a sad and difficult journey,” wrote LMS superintendent Richard Thomas in an email. “Our top priority continues to be the care and protection of the victims, and we ask for prayer for them and for all others who are impacted by the entering of this guilty plea.
“We appreciate the wise counsel, the support and steadfast prayers that the LMS community has experienced during this journey. We also appreciate the help the victims received through counseling that supported their resilient spirit. We pray that God’s healing and hope will flow through us in this and all situations.”
LMS placed Geyer on administrative leave Nov. 4 after school officials received allegations that he sexually abused international students hosted in his home. The school terminated Geyer’s employment Nov. 17.
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