December Update: Geisel finished serving her sentence. Case closed.
Next update will most likely be in 2007 when Lifetime does a beth geisel tv-movie.
All the best.
The goal of this Web Log is to document the recent sex scandal surrounding former Christian Brothers Academy teacher Sandra "Beth" Geisel.
December Update: Geisel finished serving her sentence. Case closed.
The former Christian Brothers Academy teacher at the center of a sex scandal is facing more trouble with the law. Sandra “Beth” Geisel, 42, was arrested Friday for driving while intoxicated.
Geisel's day in the spotlight began near the intersection of Catherine Street and Morton Avenue in Albany’s South End, where a sheriff’s deputy reports she was driving erratically and then cut him off.
She failed field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test registered her blood alcohol content as 0.13. The legal limit from driving in New York is 0.08.
Geisel was officially charged with DWI in Albany Police Court. This is her second DWI arrest in eight months.
Defense attorney Donald Kinsella entered a not-guilty plea and bail was set at $7,500.
Less than an hour later an Albany County judge ruled Friday’s DWI charge was a violation of the probation requirements established based on Geisel's Aug. 1 felony rape and child endangerment charges. She was ordered to the Albany County Correctional Facility where she'll remain without bail.
“She's someone with a problem and it needs to be dealt with,” Kinsella said.
Geisel stands accused of having sex with an underage student on more than one occasion.
She was fired from CBA earlier after Cohoes police found her in a car having sex with a 17-year-old student. There are no charges in the case of the 17-year-old because he was over the age of consent.
The district attorney’s office is continuing its investigation into the sex allegations.
Geisel had a 37-year-old passenger in her car with her Friday morning. He was let go.
If you are new to this blog, this is most likely not the entry you are looking for. The post containing the identities of the boys and the blackmail allegations can be found by clicking here
If you are new to this blog, this is most likely not the entry you are looking for. The post containing the identities of the boys and the blackmail allegations can be found by clicking here
Yesterday on CBS’s The Early Show, Albany District Attorney David Soares told co-anchor Julie Chen that “the person who is responsible for this Blog is not a sophisticated reporter, and it is a shame and I think an embarrassment."
1. When did I ever claim to be a sophisticated journalist? The dictionary defines journalist as “One who keeps a journal or diary.” Sounds about right to me.
2. My Blog is an embarrassment? Our society and its reaction to this case is an embarrassment. Our insatiable infatuation with perversion and immorality is the real shame. We feed off of smut like this. It lets us all feel morally superior.
3. How can one elatedly search through the Internet for my Blog in order to get “the scoop” and then in the same breath denounce my “moral irresponsibility”? The majority of you came here well aware beforehand of the “irresponsible” information that this Blog holds. You knew what you were getting into.
4. These kids were monsters. I feel 100% guilt free in releasing their names. They manipulated a broken woman into having sex with them. Not only was she without a husband, she was alcohol dependent and suffering from severe depression. The way they manipulated her makes me wonder if they should be diagnosed as sociopaths.
5. As for DA David Soares, you ride in on a high horse and make claims of “morality,” “decency” and “responsibility.” How do those terms relate to your self-importance and self-righteousness? Knowing you, I'm sure you're just elated that you've gotten so much face time over this case. It plays nicely into your hidden agenda, doesn't it?
Now that I have gathered all of the articles pertinent to the Geisel sex scandal on this page, it is time for me to make the big reveal. I suggest that those unfamiliar with the scandal browse my earlier entries to gain a grasp for the back story. I believe the What, When, and How of this case have been pretty well documented. What I hope to reveal is the Who and the Why.
By KENNETH LOVETT Post Correspondent
"It's possible her contact with the 16-year-old wasn't consensual," lawyer Donald Kinsella told The Post yesterday, noting the teacher's battle with alcoholism.
In his most expansive comments since Sandra "Beth" Geisel surrendered Monday, Kinsella hinted a 16-year-old boy who authorities said slept with her might have forced sex on the brainy beauty or coerced her. "It's possible that the 16-year-old may have some criminal responsibility in connection with this matter," Kinsella told Albany radio station WROW-AM yesterday.
"I'm not saying that there was physical force involved with each of the incidents with the 16-year-old; there are other possibilities concerning coercion that don't amount to force in terms of using a situation as leverage."
He wouldn't comment to The Post on whether she'd been threatened with exposure — but said people will have reason to "determine who the predators are."
He also blamed the boy's father for pursuing the matter with authorities to get even with the Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie for expelling his son.
School officials wrote in a letter obtained by The Post that the father threatened to bring a "s---storm" of trouble for the academy if it did not reinstate the boy, which did not happen. The boy's father called the school charge "total propaganda."
Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider seemed surprised at Kinsella's comments. "We'll let the facts stand as we presented them," he said. Geisel, 42, has been charged with two counts of statutory rape and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. A spokesman for Albany County District Attorney David Soares confirmed yesterday Geisel could face a third charge for having sex with the 16-year-old a third time. Kinsella did not deny during the WROW interview that the mother of four had sex with the 16-year-old or three 17-year-olds at various times. In New York the legal age of sexual consent is 17. "What happened here primarily is her responsibility," Kinsella said, however adding there are factors "where a reasonable person might think that she was taken advantage of."
Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider seemed surprised at Kinsella's comments. "We'll let the facts stand as we presented them," he said.
Geisel, 42, has been charged with two counts of statutory rape and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
A spokesman for Albany County District Attorney David Soares confirmed yesterday Geisel could face a third charge for having sex with the 16-year-old a third time. Kinsella did not deny during the WROW interview that the mother of four had sex with the 16-year-old or three 17-year-olds at various times.
In New York the legal age of sexual consent is 17.
"What happened here primarily is her responsibility," Kinsella said, however adding there are factors "where a reasonable person might think that she was taken advantage of."
Sandra "Beth" Geisel (search), who was recently hospitalized for alcohol dependency, was also arrested last December for DWI, according to official documents obtained by The New York Post. At the time, her blood-alcohol level was .18 — more than twice the legal limit, the documents show.
The revelations came as Geisel, 42, finished a one-day stint in jail after posting $20,000 bail Tuesday on charges she raped a 16-year-old boy during two alleged sexual trysts in May — one in a school football field's press box, the other at her home in the Albany suburb of Latham.
The boy was a student at Christian Brothers Academy (search) in Colonie, N.Y., where Geisel was a volunteer teacher, and where her own teenage son is a student.
Albany District Attorney David Soares is exploring additional charges of plying minors with alcohol, both in New York and in Florida, where the school's students traveled in February.
"There's a lot to this story including events that transpired outside the jurisdiction of New York state," Soares told FOX News on Wednesday.
Soares said the county would not treat Geisel differently than a man accused of a sexual crime. "There is one standard of justice that is applied here in Albany County," Soares said.
An unsigned June 27 letter to CBA board members from "concerned parents" accused Geisel of becoming "so irrepressibly intoxicated" during that trip that "she was unable to stand, and four juniors had to carry her back to the hotel."
Several faculty members, the letter said, had alerted administrators, but no action was taken against her.
After the February trip, the letter said, students circulated photos showing Geisel in a "scanty bikini," standing with some of the teens in their bathing suits, while she had her hand on one of their buttocks.
The letter also said administrators had been told of teachers' concerns "about the all-too-frequent closed-door visitations of a handful of boys to Mrs. Geisel's office, which has no windows."
Administrators reportedly responded by installing a window.
While on bail, Geisel must stay away from "all current or former CBA students with whom [she is] alleged to have had sexual contact," not leave the state, observe a 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew, and undergo psychiatric and substance-abuse evaluations, court documents say.
Her lawyer, Donald Kinsella (search), said in a bail petition that Geisel recently completed inpatient alcoholism treatment at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, and is continuing outpatient treatment. She also is taking the anti-depressant medication Reremon and Campral, an anti-addiction medication.
During her one-night stay in the Albany jail, Geisel was kept away from other prisoners and was under constant observation to make sure she did not harm herself, said Albany County Sheriff James Campbell.
CBA fired Geisel in mid-June after she was allegedly caught with a 17-year-old student in a parked car.
Since then, she has been accused of having sex with at least two other 17-year-old students and other indiscretions.
The mother of four, who has been separated from her prominent banker husband for two months, has not been charged in those cases because 17 is the state age of consent.
Geisel was not disciplined for the earlier Florida trip. School officials also failed to take action in response to her Dec. 18 arrest for DWI.
She pleaded guilty two days later to a reduced charge of driving while impaired by alcohol. She was fined $300, and her license was suspended for 90 days.
John Aretakis, a lawyer representing one 17-year- old who allegedly had sex with Geisel, said the letter from parents and the DWI "shows that the school should have taken action much sooner" against the teacher.
The New York Post contributed to this report.
Geisel has had other run-ins with the law. She was arrested for DWI in December. And in June, police said they caught her having sex with a 17-year-old student in Cohoes. No charges were filed because of the boy's age, but Geisel was fired from CBA.Now, a 16-year-old has come forward saying he also had sex with Geisel at her home and on school grounds. The teen told police, "She started rubbing and kissing me. She told me she knew it was wrong, but she had been thinking of me for a while. We took our clothes off and had sex."
A police report details comments from two other teens. One claims to have overheard a phone conversation between the teen and Geisel where the teacher agreed to meet the him at the school saying, "At CBA? Where are we going to do it there?" Another deposition from the other teen refers to a different phone conversation in which Geisel "was talking to [him] about what he needed to do better when he's with a girl. She was also comparing [him] to her husband."
Soares said this case makes him angry.
He said, "Children, whether they are male or female, can be victims of predators in our community. It shouldn't make a difference if the victims are young boys. They still have a life to live."
Soares also said the investigation is far from over and that he has more interviews to do before presenting the case to the grand jury.
A former English teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany has been sent to jail after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.
More than an hour after she was schedule to appear 42-year-old Sandra Beth Geisel walked into Colonie police headquarters to face the charges against her.
Police say that on two occasions last May Geisel had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old former student -- on May 15 at her former residence in Latham and then again on May 28 inside the press box at the Christian Brothers Academy athletic field.
Geisel's attorney, Donald Kinsella, entered a not guilty plea for his client on two felony charges of rape in the third degree and two charges of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Town Judge Richard DiStefano remanded her to Albany County Jail without bail.
“I will be making a bail application at some point in the near future. There are only to E felonies, which only have a maximum term of imprisonment of one and a third to four,” Kinsella said.
Geisel was fired from her job at CBA after Cohoes police said they found her having sex in a parked car with another one of her students. No charges were filed in that case because the student was 17 years old at the time, which is the age of consent in New York.
It was after that incident became public that Geisel was fired and the 16-year-old victim came forward to police.
Many parents have had harsh words for the CBA administration for keeping the matter under wraps for so long.
Attorney John Aretakis represents some of those parents.
“I'm helping several families at CBA. This information and other e-mails that we’ve seen have come across my desk,” Aretakis said.
One e-mail from concerned parents to CBA officials alleges on a school sponsored trip to Florida Geisel not only provided alcohol to students, but she herself became so intoxicated that she had to be carried to her hotel room.
Colonie Police Chief Steve Heider says the case of a female teacher abusing one of her male students is still unusual.
“Unfortunately in our society our society probably precludes a lot of young men from reporting because it’s been thought as a conquest and not a victimization,” Heider said.
Neither CBA officials nor their attorney would comment on Monday's developments.
NewsChannel 13 has learned Geisel has seen mental health staff at the Albany County Jail and is under constant observation. She has not been placed in the general population. She will be seeing a jail psychiatrist for evaluation Tuesday.
BANKER'S WIFE 'BEDDED' 4 KIDS; TEACHER SEX SCANDAL AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL
August 1, 2005 — A sex scandal has exploded at a prestigious upstate Catholic school, where randy teacher Sandra “Beth” Geisel bedded four students — including an underage boy — while administrators tried to keep the seamy details under wraps, authorities say.
Geisel, 42, a stunning blond married to a powerful Albany banker, was booted from the Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie in June — immediately after a backseat sex romp with a 17-year-old student became public.
Geisel, who was on the payroll first as an English teacher and then as a volunteer in the school’s writing lab, now faces criminal charges involving a 16-year-old boy. She’s expected to surrender today on felony rape charges, according to a lawyer for the family of another student.
John Aretakis, who has represented alleged victims of clerical sexual abuse and is now the lawyer for a 17-year-old CBA student — allegedly one of four students who had sex with the vivacious mother of four — says her “bizarre and irresponsible behavior” was ignored for months by the school.
Geisel, an immensely popular English teacher before she was axed, got canned after police in Cohoes — a town adjacent to Colonie — responded to a resident’s call June 11 about a suspicious parked car. A cop found a sex-rumpled Geisel and a 17-year-old student inside. No charges arose from the case because the boy was at the age of consent for sexual activity. Geisel reportedly confessed to school officials and was immediately fired.
About a week after the tryst, CBA sent a letter to parents about the affair, though officials didn’t identify the teacher. Officials said they’d found the conduct inappropriate.
However, after reports of Geisel’s dismissal spread, a 16-year-old student, at the urging of his parents, reported to Colonie police that he’d had two romps of his own with the randy teacher, according to yesterday’s Troy Record.
A spokesman for the Colonie police said that he believed Geisel was expected to surrender today but that he had no details. Charges reportedly could include statutory rape involving a minor. Geisel’s lawyer, Donald Kinsella, did not return repeated calls for comment. He told The Troy Record she would voluntarily surrender.
Aretakis alleges the teacher’s out-of-control sexual behavior was known among students and their parents for months — and had to be known by administrators — yet was kept secret.
“I believe it is similar to what’s going on . . . in the Catholic church, that this Catholic school was looking to avoid shame and embarrassment and that they tried to wish these incidents away,” Aretakis said.
“They said, ‘Let’s keep this in the family. Use restraint. We believe this incident is isolated.’ I’m angry for them acting irresponsibly.”
According to Aretakis, the inappropriate behavior allegedly began in February on a school-sponsored trip to Florida, where Geisel allegedly drank and, clad in a bikini, posed for a picture with her hand on one of the students.
On the online RateMyTeachers.com, Geisel won lascivious praise from one — and real admiration from others.
For example, one student went on line in March to pant, “down boy down — get what I’m saying guys.” Another, last November, declared her “much more” than “just a pretty face.” Another, in February, called her an “amazing writer.”
Geisel is reportedly estranged from her husband, Thomas Geisel, 43, who heads commercial banking in the Northeast and New England for KeyBank and is president of KeyBank in the Albany region.
COLONIE - A fired 42-year-old teacher at Christian Brothers Academy is scheduled to surrender to police Monday on possible charges of felony rape involving a 16-year old student, according to published reports.
Sandra "Beth" Geisel of Latham was fired from the Catholic boys' school shortly after the administration learned that Cohoes police found her in the rear seat of a parked car at 1:40 a.m. June 11. No charges arose from that case because the boy, another CBA student, was 17, the age of consent for sexual activity.
After reports of the Geisel's dismissal spread throughout the CBA community, the 16-year-old student, at the urging of his parents, reported to Colonie Police two sexual encounters with Geisel, a mother of four who is estranged from her husband.
Geisel's attorney, Donald Kinsella, told an area newspaper Friday his client would voluntarily surrender to Colonie Police to answer the charges. Charges could include two counts of statutory rape involving a minor. Kinsella could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
In a letter to CBA parents dated July 8, school officials confirmed the firing without naming the staff member involved and described it as an isolated incident.
Attorney John Aretakis said Saturday more students may be involved, beyond the two initially reported. He said he was retained by the parents of a CBA student whose age he declined to disclose.
Aretakis criticized the CBA administration for not coming forward sooner and with more details regarding the incidents.
COLONIE - Police are investigating former Christian Brothers Academy teacher Beth Geisel, based on information passed along Wednesday evening by an individual who Police Chief Steven Heider refused to identify Thursday.
CBA said Tuesday a female staffer they refused to identify was terminated in mid-June after allegations she had had sexual contact with at least two male students surfaced. School officials said allegations were confirmed upon review. Public knowledge of the case came when the school sent home a letter with students last Friday.
"I am sure that, by now, many of you have heard rumors and innuendo regarding the conduct of a CBA staff member," read the first line of the July 8 letter, which goes on to state CBA's concern for student safety and imply administrators believed only one student was involved.
On Wednesday, authorities told The Record it was unlikely Geisel would face criminal charges so long as the unidentified victims were aged 17 or older at the time of the alleged contact. Heider refused to identify the source Wednesday evening or describe the source, even by age.
"Our investigation continues. We have opened a file on it. This is going to be a prolonged investigation," as many potential witnesses are on summer vacation and out of town, said Heider. He added that he did not feel a rush to proceed as victims are safe in their homes.
According to Albany attorney and member of CBA's Board of Trustees Brian M. Culnan, the victims' parents have expressed support for CBA's actions but have asked that their sons remain anonymous.
CBA has made a deliberate effort to be proactive and did not want to appear as though they wished to cover up the alleged incidents, he said. While he has not spoken directly with the parents of uninvolved students, Culnan said he's been told parents are thankful CBA is telling them what it can.
"Our main concern is for the boys involved," Culnan said Friday. He said when he spoke with The Record Tuesday, he had been unaware an apparent third victim existed. CBA has made crisis counselors available to help further victims or students who were indirectly impacted by the incident, according to Culnan. No victim has yet approached a counselor, he said.
However, according to attorney John Aretakis, many parents and friends of parents have told him they are angry after hearing rumors for the last six or seven weeks and then being blindsided by the ongoing news blitz.
One of these parents claimed Geisel was the sole chaperone on an overnight field trip to New York City during the most recent school year, Aretakis said.
Geisel was fired on or about June 10 when she reported an incident involving a 17-year-old male student to a school administrator, Culnan said, and a subsequent school investigation yielded evidence she was involved with two boys. Culnan declined to state how long this investigation was active or when it ended.
At about 1:30 a.m. June 10, Cohoes Police Officer Chris Connors was dispatched to the south end of Elaine Court after reports were received about a vehicle that had been parked there for over two hours with its headlights on.
Using his floodlight Connors illuminated the vehicle's interior and saw a male, whose identity was withheld but is described in the report as a victim, rise from the rear of the vehicle and climb over the seat. At that time a second party sat up in the rear of the vehicle, Connors reported.
During an interview the male gave his name but initially claimed to be 18. He later was found to be 17. The second party gave an apparent false name that was withheld by police and claimed to be in her 30s. According to Connors both of those statements were untrue.
Upon further investigation, the male juvenile told Connors the second party was a teacher at CBA, where he was a student.
The names, dates of birth, addresses and telephone numbers of both persons were redacted from copies of Connors' report that were released to the media.
"COLONIE, NEW YORK - A female Christian Brothers Academy staff member who was dismissed a month ago after she was accused of inappropriate contact with two male students may face charges, but authorities say they do not yet have reason to believe a criminal investigation is warranted.http://www.troyrecord.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14856975&BRD=1170&PAG=461&dept_id=7021&rfi=6
The staffer, who has been identified as Beth Geisel, was dismissed immediately based on the school's "zero tolerance" policy, CBA's attorneys said Tuesday. Her dismissal was followed by an inquiry that found her firing was warranted, spokesman Brian C. Culnan said.
Culnan said the boys' families had requested they remain anonymous, and declined to disclose even which academic year they are enrolled in.
According to law enforcement authorities, barring alcohol or force as factors in the case, the boys' age will determine criminality. CBA has declined to describe the nature of the alleged contact, and knew of no previous incidents involving Geisel.
Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider said the matter is under review, but he could not say whether Geisel would be charged.
"At this point what is happening is a cursory investigation to find persons of interest who may possess information that would lead us to either a criminal investigation or no investigation," Heider said.
If an alleged perpetrator had contact with a person aged 16 or younger, felony rape charges could follow, according to Rensselaer County District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis, a vigorous pursuer of sexual abuse cases.
"Under the law, a person cannot consent to any type of sexual contact if they are less than 17 years old. Once you are 17 years old, the law deems you are capable of consenting to sexual contact in New York state," DeAngelis said."
Every household with a student at Christian Brothers Academy received the following letter on July 8, 2005.
"July 8, 2005
Dear Parent or Guardian:
I am sure that, by now, many of you have heard rumors and innuendo regarding conduct of a CBA staff member. The Board of Trustees recognizes and values the trust that you have placed in CBA’s administrators, faculty and staff to ensure well-being, care and development of your boys. AS part of this responsibility, I am taking this opportunity to inform you of the facts concerning this incident and the steps taken by CBA in response to it.
Due to the confidentiality of all persons involved (for example, the parents of the boys have asked us to respect their requests for anonymity), I am constrained in the details that I am able to provide to you at this time. However, hat I can tell you is that, in mid-June 2005, we learned that a CBA staff member had inappropriate relations, off school grounds and on separate occasions, with a CBA student. Because CBA has a “zero tolerance” policy for such conduct by its staff, the staff members association with CBA was immediately terminated. In addition, CBA administrators have discussed the situation with the parents of the students involved.
AS you might expect, when we become aware of incidents like this, our procedure is to immediately initiate an investigation. While the investigation launched by the Board of Trustees is ongoing, we have learned that no criminal charges have been brought as a result of the staff member’s conduct. Furthermore, prior to June 2005, no CBA administrators had notice that the staff member had inappropriate relations with any of her students.
We believe that this incident is an isolated one. We also realize that, by sending this letter, more attention may be directed to these events and that more rumors and innuendo may result. We ask that you, the members of the CBA family, exhibit restraint, understanding and compassion for all those involved or impacted by these events. Along these lines, crisis counselors will be made available for anyone adversely impacted by them.
May St. John Baptist de La Salle pray for us. And may Jesus live in our hearts forever.
James H. Puleo, M.D., A.F.S.C., ‘52
Chair, Board of Trustees"