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By Michael Hasch
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A caseworker at the state Department of Public Welfare's McKeesport office was arrested on Friday on charges of bribery and promoting prostitution after being accused of offering extra monetary benefits to women in exchange for sexual favors.

John Patrick Geary, 41, of North Versailles, who was awaiting arraignment in Night Court, is a 10-year veteran of the Welfare Department and has worked in the McKeesport office for five years, a criminal complaint states.

Although the charges were filed after one woman went to police, she told detectives that Geary boasted that he has “helped” others in desperate financial situations, the complaint states.

“I help girls out who help me out,” Geary told the woman, the complaint states. He also said it would be worth her time to “hang out” with him, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the woman told detectives:

Geary told the woman that he usually hangs out with girls who bring drugs to party with him. He also told her that he invites women to his home because his wife works nights and his children sleep on the second floor.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or

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