A deputy headmistress who has been charged with raping a 16-year-old student in Missouri has avoided the prison sentence by accepting a plea from Alford that allows her to claim innocence while acknowledging the evidence that her guilt is beyond doubt to prove.
Elizabeth Giesler, who was the deputy director of Ste. Genievieve Middle School in eastern Missouri accepted the Alford plea earlier this week, according to court records.
Instead of serving the prison term, Giesler reportedly agreed to serve two years on probation and voluntarily surrender her teacher’s license.
The 39-year-old deputy headmaster was charged with sexual contact with a student, legal sodomy, and legal rape in 2018. The Kansas City Star reported.
The unidentified student told the police about three sexual encounters with Giesler, including a reported instance in the deputy headmaster’s house when she was having oral sex with the child.
His father told local news broadcaster KTV1 that Gielser acted as a mentor in the boy’s life.
“She talked to us about my son and things like that,” he said, “what you can do for him in life, you know, give him a better life.”
He added, “She wanted to try to make sure he was on the right track.”
The middle school in which Giesler was employed informed the news broadcaster that she had been on leave until the results of the investigation.
Ste. Genevieve County prosecutor Wayne Williams defended Alford’s plea in a statement against the daily newspaperand said he considered her lack of a criminal record and how she would no longer be able to work in schools after handing over the teacher license.
“Some people may not understand the business that is being done in this case unless they really understand what they had to voluntarily give up to complete the business,” Williams said.
He added: “It was basically her livelihood and she had to give it up.”
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