Liz Boysick, who attended the school from 2000 to 2001, said in a statement that Mr. Geer also sexually assaulted her. She said he would stop her after a lesson in the red barn and threaten to make her life “miserable” if she didn’t touch his genitals, which “escalated to oral sex.”
Ms Boysick reported the abuse to a school administrator, who threatened her family, she said in her statement. That manager has since passed away.
Ms. Boysick filed a complaint with sheriff’s officers in 2018 and investigators questioned Mr. Geer, who denied abusing her. Ms Ianelli invited Mr Geer to a restaurant meeting in 2018 and secretly recorded their conversation, which was later admitted as an exhibit in the lawsuits.
“I’ve hurt people,” he told her. “I was a monster.” But he denied that he had abused students, in particular Ms Boysick, in the barn. “I didn’t,” he told Mrs Ianelli.
He was impeached twice in the lawsuits that were settled, and again he denied abusing students, but admitted to talking inappropriately with them about sexual matters. “I should never have done those things,” he said. “At that point, I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.”
Recently approached by a reporter in his driveway in Hancock, Mr Geer, now 54, was asked to comment on the allegations, slowly shook his head and said, “No.” He turned and entered his house.
In the end, the son of the founders of the Family Foundation School, Emmanuel Argiros, who goes by Michael, took over the day-to-day operations. In statements in 2018 and 2021, he denied being aware of any reports of abuse at school. He did so in a statement in April last year. “The magnitude and frequency of these events seems impossible,” he said. “The school was so open physically, like people were walking around everywhere.”