Steven J. Geyer

Pennsylvania Mennonite assistant school principal convicted for sexually abusing international students

In 2012, Steven Geyer (b. 1955) pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three boys who were between the ages of 12 and 16. Geyer had been assistant principal at Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS), in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when he sexually abused three Korean exchange students who were living with him while attending the school.

In November 2011, Lancaster Online reported that when LMHS leaders learned of the allegations, they notified child welfare authorities, placed Geyer on leave, and barred him from campus. Four international students were removed from his home. According to Mennonite World Review, LMHS fired Geyer two weeks later.

At the end of 2011, Geyer was charged with seven felonies and 4 misdemeanors related to sexual abuse of minors. Geyer reportedly threatened to send two of the boys back home if they told anyone, and two other boys said he touched them while he believed they were sleeping.

In September 2012, Geyer pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to three to nine years in prison followed by 16 years of probation. He is also required to register as a sex offender for life.

Geyer was released from prison in 2015.

Church-related positions

  • English teacher at Lancaster Mennonite High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1999–2005
  • Assistant principal at Lancaster Mennonite High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2005–2011


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