Beaver County Children and Youth Services Fired Its Solicitor Wednesday in the Wake of the Scathing Grand Jury Report That Said He Quashed an Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Local Priests While Serving as County District Attorney in the Mid-1960s [Derived Headline]

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Beaver County Children and Youth Services Fired Its Solicitor Wednesday in the Wake of the Scathing Grand Jury Report That Said He Quashed an Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Local Priests While Serving as County District Attorney in the Mid-1960s [Derived Headline]


Bauder, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Beaver County Children and Youth Services fired its solicitor Wednesday in the wake of the scathing grand jury report that said he quashed an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by local priests while serving as county district attorney in the mid-1960s.

Robert Masters, 87, of Brighton Township wrote a letter on Aug. 4, 1964, to Bishop Vincent Leonard of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh telling the bishop that he halted all investigations into allegations involving priests and young boys "to avoid unfavorable publicity."

Masters, a well-known figure for decades in Beaver County political circles, told the grand jury in 2017 that he also sought political support from the diocese.

Masters could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

County Commissioners fired Masters Wednesday morning after learning of allegations contained in the report. Masters had served for years as solicitor for CYS and Beaver County Mental Health Services. He opted in January not to renew his contract as solicitor for mental health, according to Commissioner Sandy Egley.

"We had a meeting today and, yes, his relationship with the county has been terminated," Egley said.

She could not provide his salary. The county does not believe the allegations will jeopardize any cases Masters was involved in for CYS.

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, where Masters serves as solicitor, will also consider his status during a board of directors meeting Monday, according to CEO Brian Hayden. Hayden said Pa Cyber paid Masters $164,681 during the 2017-18 school year and has paid him $11,412 so far this fiscal year, which began in July.

Public officials share plenty of blame along with Catholic clergy for looking the other way when confronted with allegations that priests abused young boys and girls while serving in parishes and parochial schools across the state, according to the grand jury. …

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