STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. – An assistant middle school principal in Missouri allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old student whose family considered her to be a mentor for the teen, making sure “he got on the right path,” according to the boy’s father.
But what kind of mentoring was this?
Elizabeth Giesler, 39, was charged May 18 with felony sexual contact with a student, felony second-degree statutory sodomy and second-degree statutory rape after the alleged encounters with the student as she worked as the assistant principal at Ste. Genevieve Middle School, the Daily Journal reported.
The student told a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper that Giesler performed a sex act on him at her home in Ste. Genevieve County in April. They also had sex on two other occasions at her home between April and early May, the student told investigators.
The father of the ninth-grader told KTVI that his son had known Giesler since sixth grade, adding that the family thought of her as a trusted adviser of sorts, someone whose tutelage would help the teen’s academic and athletic career.
“She talked to us about my son and what she can do for him, through life, like, give him a better life because he’s a good football player, so she was going to make sure he got on the right path,” the boy’s father told the station.
“Yeah she was doing something for him alright.”
– Boy’s Grandmother
Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesperson Juston Wheetley said their investigation was turned over to the prosecutor and he issued a warrant for her arrest based on their results.
“It was a special investigation we were asked to conduct on the assistant principal and the results were turned over to the prosecutor,” said Wheetley. “We served the warrant on Friday and she was booked into the Ste. Genevieve County Jail where she posted bond.”
Before coming to work for Ste. Genevieve Schools in 2014, she reportedly worked for Liberty School District as a teacher.
“I thought she was a really nice person,” said the boy’s grandmother, “and I thought she was really going to do something for my grandson, but yeah she was doing something for him alright.”
The boy now remains in protective custody with state officials, potentially up to 90 days, relatives said.