BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) - A New York man has been jailed on charges that he molested two teenage girls in exchange for cigarettes at the northwestern Pennsylvania facility for trouble youth where he worked.
Officials with Beacon Light Behavioral Health System in Bradford say they can't comment on the allegations against 38-year-old Steven Mesiarik. He lives in Olean, N.Y. just across the border from the facility, which is about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Mesiarik who remained jailed in New York pending his extradition to McKean County, Pa. where he was charged Monday.
Bradford police tell The Bradford Era that Mesiarik 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.
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