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Man Accused Of Assaulting Children Waives Cases To Trial

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An elderly man accused of assaulting children appeared in court on Tuesday.

Clarence Bryan, 81, arrived at the Beaver County Courthouse Tuesday looking like someone’s kindly grandfather. But three children in his care, at the now closed Bryan Daycare in Chippewa, say he behaved like anything but.

Authorities say the victims, two girls – ages 15 and 5 – and a boy – age 8, allege that Bryan touched them inappropriately while he was working at the center, which was located inside his home.

His daughter owned the center, but the state shut it down after the first allegation was made back in August.

That victim is now 15-years-old, but she told authorities she remembers Bryan allegedly kissing her on the mouth back in 2002 and 2003.

According to investigators, the 8-year-old boy told authorities he was fondled in a wooded area behind the daycare, and the 5-year-old girl described kisses as well.

But none of the victims got a chance to testify in court because Bryan waived all three of the cases straight to trial.

“My client waived his right to a hearing,” said James Ross, the defense attorney. “We’re hoping to have these matters resolved shortly.”

Bryan was initially released on $25,000 bail when he was arrested back in August. He remains free on bail today.

He left the courthouse without commenting about the allegations, his alleged victims, or his impending trial sometime next year.

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