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Portage business owner charged with sexual assault by former employees pleads lesser charges

KALAMAZOO, MI — A Portage Business Owner accused of sexual assault by two former employees with whom he had recently had a relationship pleaded guilty to less serious charges and is expected to be sentenced next week.

Joshua Geiger, 40, was arraigned on January 11 and remanded to Kalamazoo County Circuit Court in March 2022 on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree related to allegations of sexual assault of the two women.

Geiger, owner of American Screen Printing at 6625 Lovers Lane, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence on Nov. 9, the Kalamazoo County District Attorney’s Office confirmed with MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette.

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Geiger will be sentenced Monday, Nov. 21, by Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Pamela Lightvoet.

Jeffrey Williams, chief assistant district attorney for the Kalamazoo County District Attorney’s Office, told MLive that Geiger, who has no criminal history, will likely receive probation in this case.

The two women who were involved with Geiger and brought the charges against him testified at his preliminary hearing in March, each saying he coerced them into sex acts at home and at work.

The first wife testified that she worked for Geiger at the printing company and babysat her two children while living with him in 2017 and 2018. She said Geiger would request sex acts many times and get angry if she did not oblige him. Geiger would tell her that she doesn’t really love him unless she does the things he asked, the woman said.

In one instance, Geiger arranged to have sex with another man he found on Craigslist and the woman, the woman said. She said she only did it to appease his constant begging.

Geiger denied that any sex was not consensual in a police interview, according to court documents.

The woman said there were “countless times” the defendant “expected” oral sex at the print shop, which she described as “humiliating”.

A second woman, who lived and worked with Geiger for about a year from summer 2018 to summer 2019, described similar cases. She said Geiger would sexually assault her while she slept on her couch and would “laugh” when she asked him to stop.

“He didn’t respect the fact that I said not to touch me,” the woman said at the March hearing.

The woman said that after she lost her job, Geiger offered her a job at the print shop. On the first day, he groped her vagina and kissed her against her will, she testified.

While still working as an employee, the woman said Geiger would repeatedly request sexual contact from the print shop and would ‘go wild’ and make her feel guilty if she didn’t oblige .

Defense attorney Jennifer Weise questioned the motives of the two women during the preliminary hearing, alleging they were encouraged to come forward by Geiger’s ex-wife to help him win a battle for the care of the couple’s children.

Weise also maintained that the women agreed to the sex acts, as evidenced by text messages with Geiger. She said both women expressed their love for Geiger and chose to stay in a romantic relationship with the man.

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