An 18-year-old Kansas woman faces a penalty of 25 years to life in prison for allegedly molesting a 3-year-old boy. Ashleigh Geist of Olathe is charged with aggravated criminal sodomy for a crime that police say took place on July 9. The victim is reportedly not a relative of Geist’s.
Geist was arrested Tuesday, and was actively engaging in social media until police arrived to take her to to Johnson County Jail. She had very active Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts, where she displayed a marked interest in crafts, cooking, family and religion. On the day of her arrest, she tweeted about making something for the family mantle. She finished high school this May, and excitedly tweeted about graduation and her high ACT score. Now, Geist is being held on $250000.00 bond.
Because of the alleged victim’s age, prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. If given the maximum penalty, Geist would be eligible for parole after 25 years. Police and the alleged victim’s family have withheld details of the crime and the investigation leading up to Geist’s arrest.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe remarked that charges of sodomy are usually seen in cases involving male defendants. ”It’s unusual for us to see a female defendant in these types of cases,” said Howe. “We have had other cases where we’ve had female defendants committing these types of crimes but it is unusual.” According to Kansas state laws, sodomy is defined as “oral contact or oral penetration of the female genitalia or oral contact of the male genitalia; anal penetration, however slight, of a male or female by any body part or object; or oral or anal copulation or sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.”