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Ste. Gen assistant principal arrested

An area assistant principal is facing multiple felony charges after the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control was called in for a special investigation.

Elizabeth “Beth” Giesler, an assistant principal for Ste. Genevieve Schools, is being 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.

The allegations occurred when the male high school student was 16 years old and Giesler was the assistant principal at Ste. Genevieve High School.

According to a probable cause statement signed by Trooper T.S. Craig, on May 18 the student told Craig that Giesler performed a sexual act on him at her residence in Ste. Genevieve County between April 7-8 during the Riverdog Tourney.

He also said that they engaged in sexual intercourse and sexual acts twice between April and May. These incidents also allegedly occurred at her residence.

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.



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