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SCI Pittsburgh Guard Facing Inmate Abuse Charges

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Nearly 100 charges are filed against a state prison guard accused of targeting and sexually assaulting convicted sex offenders.

Harry Nicoletti, 60, is accused of sexually, physically and mentally abusing inmates at SCI Pittsburgh.

Marty Griffin: “In the e-mails that you sent to me that you said that you should be working, that these are false accusations, tell me how they’re false.”


Nicoletti:
“They’re false allegations Marty. Simple as that. They’re false allegations.”

In a series of e-mails sent to KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin over the last month, Nicoletti called the investigation ridiculous saying, “It never happened.”

According to the criminal complaint, Nicoletti allegedly sexually assaulted a number of inmates after identifying them as convicted sex offenders.

The investigation points out prison staff and inmates testified against him.

Griffin: “So all of the inmates are lying? All of the other – the jail guard that testified against you lied as well?”

Nicoletti: “I have no further comment.”

Griffin: “Did you assault 20 inmates?”

Nicoletti: “No, no. Absolutely not. Absolutely not Marty.”

An Allegheny County grand jury has been investigating allegations of abuse for months.

A woman told KDKA-TV in May that her boyfriend, an accused sex offender, was part of the investigation.

Griffin: “Was it announced to other inmates they were sex offenders?”

Woman: “Yes.”

Griffin: “And were they sexually assaulted as a result?”

Woman: “Yes.”

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