Former teacher sentenced to life in prison for child sexual abuse
By NICOLE MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Published: 12/2/2010 12:38 PM
Last Modified: 12/2/2010 1:04 PM
A former teacher who pleaded guilty to molesting a teen he met through a mentoring program was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.
Tulsa County District Judge Carlos Chappelle sentenced John Gisler, 42, to concurrent life sentences for three counts of child sexual abuse. He also received 20-year sentences for single counts of lewd molestation and possession of child pornography.
In October, Gisler halted his own trial by pleading guilty to the five felonies.
The conviction asserts that between June 26, 2005, and March 1, 2009, Gisler engaged in various types of sexual abuse with a boy he was assigned to mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Evidence indicated that in June 2009, while the teenager was residing at the Tulsa Boys Home and being treated for substance abuse and other issues, he disclosed that he was molested by his Big Brother. FULL STORY