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Baron Geisler found guilty of groping Yayo Aguila’s daughter, will appeal verdict

Patrizha Martinez speaks to reporters after winning her case on Monday as her mother, actress Yayo Aguila, looks on. (MJ Marfori/InterAksyon)

Controversial actor Baron Geisler has been found guilty by a Makati lower court of acts of lasciviousness committed against the daughter of estranged celebrity couple Yayo Aguila and William Martinez.

In a decision promulgated Monday afternoon, Geisler was sentenced to a minimum of six months and maximum of over two years in prison and ordered to pay the complainant Patrizha Maree Martinez P30,000 in moral damages.

However, Baron’s lawyer, Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan insisted that under the law, the decision can only be final and executory if the convicted party does not appeal the decision. In this case, Alentajan said Baron will appeal the verdict.

“We are appealing the decision of the lower court. There is no final decision yet. Under the law, Baron is still presumed innocent,” Alentajan said in a statement sent to InterAksyon.

The actor did not attend the promulgation.

Patrizha’s complaint is based on an incident that took place on April 26, 2008 when Baron, believed to be intoxicated, allegedly mashed her breasts during a party at Fiamma Bar in Makati.

She was 21 years old at that time, while he was fresh off his stint on the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2″ with her mother, Yayo.

Baron Geisler.

The actor, who had a well-documented battle with alcohol addiction, has had other run-ins with the law as he continued to make headlines for his involvement in other controversial incidents.

In 2009, actress Yasmien Kurdi also filed a case of acts of lasciviousness against the actor. The case was withdrawn by Yasmien in 2011 after Baron issued a public apology.

That same year, actress Cherry Pie Picache, accused the actor of sexual harassment and filed a complaint before the Philippine Artists Managers, Inc. (PAMI). Again, the case was settled after Baron apologized.

Last November, the actor was arrested for a drunken assault on his neighbor in Quezon City. After spending the night in jail, the charges against the actor were dropped following an amicable settlement.

The following month, an apparently drunken Baron committed four separate acts of bad behavior during the MVP Christmas Ball charity event, which offended fellow TV5 talents Edgar Allan Guzman, IC Mendoza, Divine Lee, and News5 reporter MJ Marfori.

Although the incidents were witnessed by several people, Baron denied they had happened and even accused his colleagues of ruining his reputation.

InterAksyon.com