An assistant principal in Missouri has been accused of having sex with a high school freshman.
39-year-old Elizabeth Giesler allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old student whose family was under the impression that she was mentoring the teen. The father said Giesler made sure “he got on the right path,”, but the teen later told a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper that Giesler performed a sex act on him at her home in Ste. Genevieve County last month.
The student also admitted that they had sex on two other occasions at her home between April and early May. Giesler was charged Friday with felony sexual contact with a student, felony second-degree statutory sodomy, and second-degree statutory rape following reports that she had sex with the student from Ste. Genevieve High School.
The father of the ninth-grade student told KTVI that his son had known Giesler since he was in sixth grade. He added that the family was under the impression that Giesler was mentoring the teen.
“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.
The teen is currently in protective custody with state officials and will potentially stay there up to 90 days, according to his relatives.
“She took advantage of him,” the teen’s father said. “She manipulated him because she knew what she was doing.”
The teen’s grandmother says she once considered Giesler to be a “really nice person” and a positive influence on her grandson.
“And I thought she was really going to do something for my grandson, but yeah, she was doing something for him all right,” she told KTVI.
Gielser has been placed on leave pending an investigation. She was released from jail Friday after posting bond, KTVI reports.
Take a look at her mugshot below along with a few others from recent arrests.