An interesting comment by MichaelWME was made on the Independent news media outlet about the same news story;
Back in the day, if a male teacher had sex with a female student, he’d be lucky if he were not lynched. If a female teacher had sex with a male student, everyone would snicker and say the student was very, very lucky.
The reason is that, when a male teacher has sex with a female student, he does her irreparable physical and psychological harm, while, when a female teacher lets a male student have sex with her, all it does is help clear up his acne.
The News Story
Back in 2018, as The Park Hills Daily Journal reported at the time, Giesler had been the assistant principal at Ste. Genevieve High School, about 65 miles southeast of St. Louis. It was at this time that a 16-year-old student, who had reportedly been staying with Giesler at her home, told a friend that he and Giesler were having sex. The friend told police, according to a companion Daily Journal report, and a Missouri state trooper took the young man’s statement. The boy told the trooper that Giesler had performed unspecified sex acts on him at some point during the time period between April 7-8, during a regional baseball tournament. The teen also said that he and Giesler had engaged in sexual activity two other times. The teen claimed that all of the sex acts occurred at Giesler’s home.
The trooper who took the teen’s report turned the case over to the county prosecutor. Soon enough, Giesler was fired from her job with the Ste. Genevieve School District, and was behind bars. She was charged with three counts of Class E felony sexual contact with a student, three counts of a Class D felony of statutory sodomy in the second degree, and two counts of statutory rape in the second degree.
a pair of handcuffs
This week, Giesler accepted a deal in which she would enter an Alford plea to one charge of second-degree harassment. In exchange, she would give up her teaching certifications and would accept two years of probation.
The prosecutor, Ste. Genevieve County Prosecuting Attorney Wayne Williams, noted that the sentence may seem light in relation to the crime.
“As a prosecuting attorney, I’m considering several things,” he said, noting that Giesler did not have a prior criminal history.
Williams also noted that the key bit of punishment for Giesler is the surrendering of her teaching license.
“Some people might not understand the bargain that was struck in this case unless they really understand what she had to give up voluntarily to get that bargain. That was basically her livelihood, and she had to surrender that,” Williams said.
Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office