Greece teen in Amber Alert investigation facing additional charge

Updated: 06/26/2014 5:15 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 4:45 AM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

The Greece teen who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Monday is facing additional charges.

On Monday, 16-year-old Cassidy Geffert was charged with grand larceny after police say she stole a gun from her home. Investigators say Geffert left a fake abduction note with blood on it, which set off the massive search. She was found unharmed at a motel in Brockport later that day.

Walking quickly and staring straight ahead, Geffert left court today with a second felony charge -- criminal possession of a weapon.

The District Attorney’s Office says additional charges aren't being considered until Geffert gets a mental evaluation. Assistant District Attorney Karin Intermill said, “I’d prefer not to get into charging discussions. This is obviously the most serious charge. Other charges can be worked out later. Right now it's most important that she gets whatever evaluation she needs and make sure that this sort of incident does not happen again.”

Sarah Wesley, Geffert’s attorney, says she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Geffert’s mother did not want to speak with us on camera today. The family’s attorney says despite criticism, the Amber Alert did not waste resources and it worked exactly how it should have. Wesley said, “When a mother walks into her home and her absolute worst nightmare appears to have come true, thank God we have a system that allows us to alert the community, to alert the police agencies, to get everyone on board and get everyone looking.”

Before her next court date on July 31, Geffert must be home every night by 8 p.m., keep her grades up, wear a home monitoring bracelet and undergo a mental evaluation.

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