On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, The Times reported that Allegheny County District Judge Anthony Saveikis resigned from his position amid accusations of inappropriate conduct with minors.

Saveikis served as the judge for Magisterial District 05-3-17, which covers several townships near Pittsburgh International Airport. His resignation came after the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline filed an official complaint against him related to two alleged incidents of misconduct in 2018 and 2022.

The judicial board began investigating Saveikis after receiving complaints about two separate events involving minors. In November 2018, Saveikis allegedly grabbed the hand of a 17-year-old restaurant employee and asked him personal questions. The teen said Saveikis followed him into a freezer and touched his arm and back, making him uncomfortable. Police investigated but the District Attorney’s office did not file charges.

The second incident reportedly occurred in July 2022 during an underage drinking case in Saveikis’ courtroom. He ordered the teen to do community service at an annual festival. Saveikis allegedly visited the teen frequently at the event and later at his job, making offers to socialize. Text messages of a similar nature were also sent. This case was later dropped without explanation.

In a third incident, Saveikis ordered a 14-year-old harassment suspect to do community service at a fair. He allegedly took the teen to a diner without permission and inappropriately touched his arms and shoulders while walking together at the festival afterward. Police again recommended charges but the District Attorney declined to pursue them. County President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark reportedly strongly cautioned Saveikis about this behavior.

After reviewing the complaints, the judicial conduct board determined there was probable cause for charges. As of January 31st, no criminal charges had been filed against Saveikis, but his resignation came after officials said the board could file formal charges for his alleged inappropriate contact with minors.

 

 

Source: The Times