Probation ordered for music volunteer at Norwin Middle School

A Greensburg man convicted earlier this year of failing to disclose a prior conviction before volunteering in a college music production was sentenced on Tuesday to serve one year of probation.

After a trial in January, Brad Geyer, 40, was found guilty of one count of failing to comply with the state’s Child Protective Services Act, which requires volunteers in the School to Disclose Past Arrests and Convictions for Crimes Involving Children.

Police have charged Geyer and his wife, Tobitha Sasso, 42, with similar charges in connection with Norwin Middle School’s 2020 production of “Frozen Jr.”

Investigators said Sasso, an English teacher at the school who served as the musical‘s director, knew about Geyer’s earlier arrest, in 2018, but allowed him to volunteer in the production of the show and did not inform district officials that her husband was no longer eligible to obtain the required permits to work with children. She was charged with complicity with Geyer.

Sasso was found not guilty of two misdemeanors by the same jury that convicted Geyer.

Geyer did not testify at the trial but spoke briefly at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

“He said he understood the jury’s decision,” defense attorney Shane Gannon said.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio imposed the one-year probation term and ordered that she be served until a term of probation. Geyer was evaluated in November 2019 by a Fayette County judge.

According to court records, in that case, Geyer pleaded guilty to supplying alcohol to a minor and was sentenced to three years probation.

Sasso, who was suspended from her job at Norwin after her arrest, no longer teaches, according to her lawyer, Brian Aston.

Geyer previously worked as a Connellsville alderman and legislative aide to Senator Pat Stefano. He was fired from his assistant position after the charges were filed in Fayette County. He was also removed as president of a small community theater, the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale, after the allegations surfaced.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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