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May 13, 2013

Welfare worker suspended in sex-for-benefits case

PITTSBURGH — A state welfare caseworker has been suspended while the Department of Public Welfare cooperates with prosecutors who charge the man tried to swap benefits for sex with female clients.

Forty-one-year-old John Geary, of North Versailles, faces a May 28 preliminary hearing on charges including bribery and official oppression. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Geary who has not responded to requests for comment.

Allegheny County prosecutors say Geary tried to extort sexual favors from a woman living in a halfway house and boasted he similarly “helped” other cash-strapped women.

Geary is a 10-year veteran of the welfare office who has spent the last five years in the McKeesport office.

He allegedly told one woman he liked to hang out with those who supply him drugs, and sometimes brings them home because his wife works nights.

 

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