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Ex-Daycare Worker Waives Hearing On Assault Charges

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A former daycare worker will stand trial to face allegations that he molested nearly a dozen young boys.

Matthew Byars, 26, of Pittsburgh’s North Side waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court this morning.

Byars is charged with molesting 10 boys, many of whom stayed at the Tender Care Learning Center in Scott Township, where Byars worked.

According to the criminal complaint, Byars warned at least one of the victims that he would hurt his family if the child told anyone.

At least one victim says he was fondled at the daycare and submitted to it because, “He was my teacher so I had to listen.”

Police say they found evidence of child pornography on Byars’ computer, including nude pictures of children and videos showing him having sex with boy.

Byars is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $750,000 bond.

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