Testimony read, no verdict in Pa. guard abuse case
PITTSBURGH – Jurors have ended a third day of deliberations in the trial of a fired Pittsburgh state prison guard charged with 80 counts of physically abusing or sexually assaulting inmates – or having other guards and inmate workers do it for him.
Sixty-one-year-old Harry Nicoletti is charged by Allegheny County prosecutors with targeting convicted child molesters and gay inmates at the century-old lockup.
Tuesday was the third day of deliberations for the jury which appeared to be focusing on charges that Nicoletti had others assault the inmates.
They first asked a judge to define “solicitation” – which Nicoletti allegedly did when he had an inmate beat up another – and then had a court reporter testimony by one inmate who claimed Nicoletti molested him and had him beat up others.
Deliberations resume today.