Teen who sparked AMBER Alert no longer on home monitoring

GREECE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Rochester area teen who was arrested after she sparked an AMBER Alert in June is no longer on home monitoring.

Cassidy Geffert was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny after police say she staged a scene to make it look like she had been abducted. Officers say the 16-year-old had actually run away from home.

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Geffert appeared in court on Thursday, where the judge read a report from the organization responsible for her monitoring that said she has been compliant. She will also be allowed to go on her family’s vacation.

The teen’s attorney says, Geffert simply made a mistake.

Last month, Geffert left a note at her home on Talnuck Drive in Greece for her parents indicating she was in danger. The original AMBER Alert by police noted that the note had blood on it and the victim’s cell phone number. Later, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said there was no blood on the note.

Chief Phelan also said that this never was a ‘confirmed abduction’ the way it was reported on the AMBER Alert.

NY State Police in Albany put out the actual alert, but it’s unclear what caused the erroneous information.

A vehicle was taken from the scene described as a black four-door Saab.

Greece Police Sgt. Jared Rene said, “A concerned citizen called 911 in the Brockport area. They had spotted the vehicle mentioned in the AMBER Alert and the female was then located with the vehicle, alone, unharmed, and at this point our agency can confirm that she was not abducted.”

Geffert was later arrested over the ordeal.

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