Ambridge Magisterial District Judge Andrew Hladio has tendered his resignation from office effective 4:30 p.m. today. Hladio’s resignation comes after the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline issued an order in October suspending him from the bench for the second time over allegations of misconduct.

District Judge Hladio was first suspended from the bench in February as part of an emergency order issued by the Court of Judicial Discipline that came in reaction to a 52-page complaint filed against him by the Judicial Conduct Board. State investigators allege that Hladio violated standards of conduct for District Judges and the Pennsylvania Constitution by repeatedly making inappropriate advances towards clerks in the court system; Hladio allegedly continued those unwanted advances even after being rebuffed by the women and reprimanded by court administrators and higher ranking judges.

The Court of Judicial Discipline lifted its suspension of District Judge Hladio in June, even though the charges filed against him were still pending trial.

The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board filed a new round of formal charges against Hladio on October 11th, alleging the judge has been retaliating against witnesses from the previous complaint. The Court of Judicial Discipline subsequently suspended him for the second time on October 27th.

Officials tell the Beaver Countian that District Judge Hladio’s resignation is expected to put a close to the cases pending against him in the Court of Judicial Discipline.

50 COMMENTS

  1. So a judge accused of misconduct numerous times has the privilege of resigning instead of being removed, faces no recrimination, and gets a fully paid retirement package? No wonder the nation is broke; can’t fix stupid.

     
  2. Elected officials can’t be touched unless prosecuted, convicted and expelled. No one will bring any charges let alone prosecute, not in this county anyway. They operate with impunity and are accountable to no one.

     
  3. he would fit right in trumps criminal cabinet
    thats probably where he will end up

    defend the constitution
    impeach trump

     
    • @fump

      Listen up Pal….Locker room talk does not even slightly measure up to what these Hollywood predators…actor, producers and other vile bastards have engaged in….MAGA……haha eat it up frumpy…..old bitch clinton is as obsolete as ole Connie the Con! Your side lost !!! Get over it….you will have another chance at destroying all that Americans hold dear by trying to get your party back on board in 2020…..OH WAIT…..2020 is a guaranteed Trump 2020….it’s a lock! And to. the Judge in this article even tho you cruise around at face level to all the lady parts mentioned in the mens locker room, it is certainly not acceptable to just be grabbing them ………well you know?!?

       
      • Right, locker room talk isn’t in the same category. But, to say that 12 or 16 women who have come forward with allegations against your boy are liars just means that you’re a Stepford wife savant who drank a wee bit too much of the Kool-Aid. Trump could say that he shits gold and people like you would be panning the sewer lines coming from the White House. Almost a full year without a single legislative accomplishment (executive orders aren’t legislative accomplishments)…umm yeah, that sounds like MAGA is well on its way to the annals of national embarrassments. 2020?? I don’t think your boy will be tossing his hat in the ring. See, next year is this thing called midterm elections and that’s where Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan will become minority leaders. To explain for the benefit of the Kool-Aid drinkers, that’s where they sit on the sidelines and look on helplessly as the majority party sends your boy home early through this thing called impeachment and Senate hearing to remove him. Look on the bright side though…he will have more free time to grab pussies. Doubt the ladies will just “let him do it” because his star will have fallen but once again a bright side… he can spend lots of quality bonding time with Jr. in the cell next door.

         
  4. Trump grabs pussies.
    Moore roams malls for minors.
    Franken waits til they are sleeping.
    Bush grabs butts.
    Hladio chases skirts on a scooter.

    Not a good time to be female in ‘Murica.

    At least Hladio resigns.
    Maybe there is some face-saving in that.

    Whatever happened to waiting for Friday night, last row, at the Drive-In?

     
  5. We have reached the tipping point. There have to be a lot of men that are not a little worried….we’re not going to take it anymore. We’re coming for you. Skeletons from the past. Lol. Good riddance to you Hladio.
    Next?

     
    • Are you a moron or did you just stay at a holiday inn express last night? Sexual harassment in the workplace isn’t a crime; it’s a civil matter. He was being charged in the court of judicial discipline. The DA deals with criminal matters, not discipline or civil matters.

      While on some level I feel sorry for Andy, this is a situation of his own making. Had he continued with this I have my doubts that he would be keeping his law license. But for the fact that magistrates aren’t required to be attorneys in PA his license can’t be considered unless he chose to defend the charges and lost.

       
      • Just FYI There was also criminal allegations read the complaint and state statutes. (2) and (3)
        Reference:
        § 4702. Threats and other improper influence in official and political matters.
        (a) Offenses defined.–A person commits an offense if he:
        (1) threatens unlawful harm to any person with intent to influence his decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion as a public servant, party official or voter;
        (2) threatens unlawful harm to any public servant with intent to influence his decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion in a judicial or administrative proceeding; or
        (3) threatens unlawful harm to any public servant or party official with intent to influence him to violate his known legal duty.
        (b) Defense prohibited.–It is no defense to prosecution under this section that a person whom the actor sought to influence was not qualified to act in the desired way, whether because he had not yet assumed office, or lacked jurisdiction, or for any other reason.
        (c) Grading.–An offense under this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the actor threatened to commit a crime or made a threat with intent to influence a judicial or administrative proceeding, in which cases the offense is a felony of the third degree.
        Cross References. Section 4702 is referred to in section 5708 of this title; section 5552 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).

         
  6. yeah well if beaver county had a DA with a half a brain and a spine
    you would be correct in that assumption

     
  7. People say the dumbest things. He wouldn’t have resigned if the charges had no merit. Of course. He tried everything he could, including he was being picked on/targeted, but must have finally seen resigning was his best option. It was probably a sort of plea bargain.

     
  8. Truth:
    1) As everyone here knows and JP has reported on so many times the collusion at the courthouse deifies any adjective. Well this case has dragged on for almost 8 years!! Everybody in the court admins office as well as the former and current President Judges all had complete knowledge of what was going on and did absolutely nothing. Everything was fluffed off and nothing was followed through with even after an untold number of complaints. These officials are every bit as guilty as he was. What is truly sad here is that so many people were hurt badly by his conduct, and to add insult to injury nobody at the courthouse (District Attorney, Court Admin, President Judge and the like) did anything to stop it until things got WAY out of control, and even then made only a minimal effort in an attempt to protect themselves from future litigation. Much of this suffering could have been prevented years ago.

    2) Why you ask?? They were afraid that more dirt would surface of their own improprieties. This deal for him to resign was made weeks ago because nobody wanted this to go to a public hearing (Judicial Conduct Hearing) in Harrisburg where Pandora’s Box would be open in a public setting that our county officials had no control over and the truth would of came out about the conduct of other judges that have long been covered up.

    The big concern here is our elected officials, and even scarier MOST of our judges have no integrity and rather address the issues they just try to cover their own ass.
    Good honest people outside the political circus of the courthouse stood up and did the right thing to only have their reputations destroyed by the very officials that should have protected them in the first place.
    There appears to be no room for anyone with integrity, honesty or with a moral compass in county government. When someone stands up they get their charter assassinated by the powers to be.
    One has to wonder where is the FBI, Attorney General’s Office or even the State Police???? How openly corrupt does it have to be until one of these agencies step up??

     
    • And when did you personally call any of the agencies that you named to tell them what you know since you seem to be in possession of the facts? Everyone here loves to scream that the attorney general or the feds needs to get involved but only about one percent are actually willing to place the call. Do you think a little birdie is going to fill them in or are they just supposed to hear rumors and jump on them?

      There are a lot of citizen armchair quarterbacks but too few who are willing to actually get step into the game and maybe take a hit or two. Know something? Grab a helmet and pick up the phone.

       
      • Know your facts before you make such a stupid comment. I not only made the calls, I wrote the letters and filed a criminal complaint. You have no idea!!

         
      • And that makes you part of the 1%. Good for you; now if the other 99% fall in line perhaps we’ll see changes sooner rather than never.

         
      • Trust me accordingtome there have been a few of us that have stepped up and we have paid a very heavy price. Andy’s circumstance was tragic in many ways but the issues stem from the politics and indifference of the people at the courthouse. I have little faith that any agency cares about us or Beaver County at all.

         
      • I understand the frustration, accordingtome, but I don’t get the hostility in your comment. Otis, a victim, has given a believably first-hand account of the courthouse culture. I agree, more voters need to be made aware of these issues. I thank Otis for doing just that.

         
  9. A perfect candidate for employment at the courthouse, or perhaps already has something lined up with Shell.

     
  10. Otis64: Assuming that what you have said is true, it completes, for me, the suspicion that the corruption includes the judge(s). Hladio might be the only one so far that has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but others would almost certainly have to be involved for it, corruption, to work and persist. It also would set the (im)moral atmosphere that would engender the lower level staff’s ability to exploit the situation. I have my suspicions, but it would not include those with integrity, like Judge James Ross, for example.

    What you say completes the picture. The place is fucked up from top to bottom, and few are not part of it.

     
  11. Thank you Marshamoore I think everyone here has good intentions here and are just as frustrated as I have been. I agree with you as well Raven however I assure you it’s all the truth. I can not and will not name these individuals by name, good, bad, or indifferent here in a public forum as it may interfere or obstruct a process that may or may not have already been initiated.

     
  12. I know this is off topic for this post, but it does have some relevance to this post in general.
    This is a comment I made on a previous post referring to the county budget.

    IMHO ONLY!
    The problem here people is that you all think that the commissioners run the county. In theory you would be correct.
    Sandie is doing her job. To the best of her ability. She is fighting a losing battle. Why? Because she cannot be bought. Period. No “Political Dirt” in her background.
    Tony has been bought and paid for many years ago. Period.
    Dan Camp has recently been bought by the “Powers to be” so to speak. Cannot be any other explanation for his behavior. Lets face it, he does have some “Political Dirt” in his namesake, so to speak. Plus he’s young and trying to make a name for himself.
    I told you people years ago, if you knew what actually goes on down at the court house and county government in general, you would have to wrap your head in duct tape so when it explodes you would not lose any parts of your head. I also told you people to PAY ATTENTION!
    JP, good job on bringing all the corruption and BS to light. Sadly, you have yet to even scratch the surface of how bad it really is.
    All I can say is, FOLLOW THE MONEY!
    Money is POWER!
    IMHO ONLY!

     
    • If history has taught us anything, it is that everyone can be bought, It’s just a matter of time and price.

       
  13. “It’s worse than you think” and “Otis 64”:

    If you cannot share your inside knowledge here, I hope you are sharing it with JP. Public sharing is the one thing that shines light down the rat holes and sets them scurrying.

    Reconsider. If there is “danger” in revealing truth, that’s more reason to do it. Bury yourselves under anonymous screen names and encrypted privacy here and share it. Others do.

     
  14. They only had him in the court of judicial discipline, so resigning as a judge he can’t be disciplined by them. I don’t understand how there still isn’t some kind of charges though? Just because he resigns and escaped judicial discipline doesn’t mean it should just slide.

     
    • Sexual harassment is not a criminal charge. It is a EEOC complaint that can lead to reprimand from your employer up to including dismissal from work. It worked exactly as it should have in this case. The Judge chose to resign rather than take the dismissal and pending disbarment. I don’t understand why most of the American public thinks sexual harassment is a criminal charge.

       
      • Read the above post it was much more than just Sexual Harassment that was only one element, again read the complaint, JP posted from the JCB it’s all there.

         
      • Please point me to the part where it turns criminal. Everything I read is not criminal behavior. It is definitely not appropriate for the workplace, and he is definitely an asshole, but what I read all falls under Dept of Labor EEOC complaints.

         
      • You must read the entire complaint, just a note some of the details of the complaints are not on line for public view. Just FYI There was also criminal allegations read the complaint and state statutes. (2) and (3)
        Reference:
        § 4702. Threats and other improper influence in official and political matters.
        (a) Offenses defined.–A person commits an offense if he:
        (1) threatens unlawful harm to any person with intent to influence his decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion as a public servant, party official or voter;
        (2) threatens unlawful harm to any public servant with intent to influence his decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion in a judicial or administrative proceeding; or
        (3) threatens unlawful harm to any public servant or party official with intent to influence him to violate his known legal duty.
        (b) Defense prohibited.–It is no defense to prosecution under this section that a person whom the actor sought to influence was not qualified to act in the desired way, whether because he had not yet assumed office, or lacked jurisdiction, or for any other reason.
        (c) Grading.–An offense under this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the actor threatened to commit a crime or made a threat with intent to influence a judicial or administrative proceeding, in which cases the offense is a felony of the third degree.
        Cross References. Section 4702 is referred to in section 5708 of this title; section 5552 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).

         
  15. otis64 doesn’t know crap about this, just speculation, like all of you, i know the truth about Andy and what happened in this office.

     
    • There are a few of us that know all the parties involved and the facts, (we stood up for what was right) read the complaint!! If you knew anything about this case you would not make such a fool of yourself here….The only thing that proceeds your arrogance oldboy60 is your complete ignorance!!

       
  16. Taking a quote from “It’s worse than you think”.
    PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!!
    Hearings on the County reassessment case are going on now.
    Remember, FOLLOW THE MONEY!
    Money is POWER!
    Who has the MONEY?
    Remember Aliquippa’s water rate increase? 60% increase? WHO had the MONEY and POWER on the board at that time?
    You actually think the property owner of that parcel of land that goes to the A-A bridge paid for the water and sewer infrastructure themselves?
    WHO has the MONEY and POWER behind this reassessment hearing?
    B-I-N-G-O!
    Remember that little game of bingo in a court room?
    You WILL be getting your property reassessed in the near future.
    That you can take to the bank.
    And the county WILL spend $1.00 for every .50 cents they collect. That’s just what corrupt politicians do.

     
    • Betters gets his day in court to save a few pennies by being a champion of the people, represented by tax-evading ex-con John Havey. Is there much more to add to that?

       
      • Actually, this is wise planning. If one were to want to build a lot of townhouses, say, in Bridgewater, with the exorbitant taxes and skyrocketing real estate prices there, especially by the river, a new tax schedule would help offset those costs. That tax break would also help out if a very large company were to move into the area and create a need for more housing, and a demand for land for that housing. Even though the company would pay no taxes itself, for years to come, some few people would gain through selling houses, condos, motels, rentals. Yep, quite a savings for those who can afford it.

        For the suckers who get new higher tax bills? Let them eat cake. It’s their fault that they aren’t rich.

         
  17. Raven, that scheme with the DCED, the county and Betters was a dream come true for a big fat cat “Boss”. DCED buys for a million, county spends 2 mil to clean it up and get it all ready for “Chuckie” then sell it back to him for a mil. Do you think you and I can get that deal? What a f-cking joke this county is. But hey, football playoffs are on! Who cares? We’ll worry about them stinkin taxes later. And, how bout them Stillers?

     
    • May I add that DCED head Dennis Davin promised that aliquippa would be the first community to receive attention from the windfall expected from the cracker plant. (Coincidently?), Mr. Betters also received the contract from FirstEnergy to clear the land for the 2nd proposed plant in Ohio, which is now on hold. And, the Havey brothers are not exactly stellar examples of their respective professions. They are aliquippa natives, tho, who are tied ethnically to Mr. Betters.

       
  18. Betters scheme is funnier than a Rodney Dangerfield one-liner. Too bad it’s real. But yeh, wave the Terrible Towel. We’ve got a shot at Big Bowl this year!

     
  19. Havey had nerve to state that this assessment will help the taxpayers..He is correct it will help our cash flow outward. Perhaps we should send any increase in our assessment to the Betters Corporation for payment.

     

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