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State caseworker accused of offering woman benefits in exchange for sexual favors

A state caseworker accused of offering a woman benefits in exchange for sexual favors might have victimized more women, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

John Geary, 41, of North Versailles waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of bribery, promoting prostitution, patronizing prostitutes, solicitation and official oppression. He could not be reached for comment.

A woman told detectives that when she met with Geary, her caseworker at the state Department of Public Welfare’s McKeesport office, he told her he has “helped” other girls in her situation and said, “I help girls out who help me out,” according to a criminal complaint. Geary was suspended from his job when he was arrested earlier this month, a department spokeswoman said.

“Because of these statements, the District Attorney’s Office believes that there may be other potential victims of this defendant’s pattern of behavior,” spokesman Mike Manko said in an email. “We are asking any woman who believes that they may be a victim to come forward.”

Geary told the victim in the case that he could give her extra benefits through the DPW if she wanted to bring drugs and “party” with him, the complaint said.

He told her he invites women to his home because his wife works nights and his children sleep on the second floor, the complaint said.

The DA’s office asks any potential victims to call 412-388-5300.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or [email protected].


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