November 22, 2005

Sex case teacher chided in court

Albany Times Union

First published: Tuesday, November 22, 2005

ALBANY -- Having sex with a teenager was improper, unethical and illegal, a judge said Monday as he sentenced a former Christian Brothers Academy writing instructor to jail.

"You crossed the line from teacher to consort, something that is totally unacceptable in our society," Judge Stephen W. Herrick told Sandra Beth Geisel during a brief hearing in Albany County Court.

Not only will Geisel, 42, never teach children again, her conviction as a sex offender will follow her always, Herrick said.

But the judge also blamed the 16-year-old and other students at the exclusive Colonie Catholic high school for manipulating Geisel's lack of self-esteem and tendency toward alcohol abuse to get what they wanted from her.

Posted by kshaw at November 22, 2005 11:20 AM