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 hold her back after a class in the Red Barn and threaten to make her life “miserable” if she did not touch her genitals, which “turned into oral sex”.
Ms Boysick reported the abuse to a school administrator, who threatened her family, she said in her testimony. This administrator has since passed away.
Ms Boysick filed a complaint with sheriff’s deputies in 2018, and investigators questioned Mr Geer, who denied abusing her. Ms Ianelli invited Mr Geer to meet at a restaurant in 2018 and secretly recorded their conversation, which was later admitted as evidence in the lawsuits.
“I hurt people,” he told her. “I was a monster.” But he denied mistreating students, especially Ms Boysick, in the barn. “It’s something I haven’t done,” he told Ms Ianelli.
He was filed twice in the lawsuits that were settled, and again, he denied abusing students, but admitted speaking inappropriately to them about sexual matters. “I should never have done these things,” he said. “At the time, I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.
Approached by a reporter in his driveway in Hancock recently, Mr Geer, now 54, was asked to comment on the charges and slowly shook his head and said, “No.” He turned and walked into his house.
Eventually, the son of the founders of the Family Foundation School, Emmanuel Argiros, who is called Michael, took over the day-to-day operations. In depositions in 2018 and 2021, he denied being aware of any reports of abuse while in school. He explained in a deposition last April. “The scale and frequency of these events seem impossible,” he said. “The school was so open physically, as if people were moving everywhere.”