Ex-Pa. youth home worker cleared of sexual abuse

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — A New York man has been acquitted of charges he molested two teenage girls in exchange for cigarettes at the northwestern Pennsylvania facility for troubled youth, though he was found guilty of two citations for illegally selling cigarettes.

The Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/Y3Rlie ) reports a McKean County jury on Tuesday found 39-year-old Steven Mesiarik (meh-SAYR’-ik) not guilty of all other charges he faced, including indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Bradford police last year charged that the Olean, N.Y. man fondled the girls — 14 and 16 — after offering them cigarettes for various “favors” and encouraged them to kiss one another while he watched them back in May.

An official with Beacon Light Behavioral Health System in Bradford says the verdict is being reviewed, but says he couldn’t comment further.

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Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com

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