More victims asked to come forward in state welfare worker case

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A state Department of Public Welfare worker accused of offering a woman extra benefits in exchange for sexual acts might have given more women similar offers, prosecutors said today.

John Geary, 41, of North Versailles faces charges of bribery and official oppression among other violations. He waived a preliminary hearing today.

An affidavit quotes Mr. Geary telling the woman in that case that he had "helped" other women in her position and "I help girls out who help me out."

"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 a statement. "We are asking any woman who believes that they may be a victim to come forward" and call the Allegheny County district attorney's office at 412-388-5300.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com.


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