PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh police have arrested one of their own.
Adam Skweres, 35, is a Zone 3 police officer and has been with the force for five years. He faces charges including official oppression, criminal coercion, bribery and indecent assault.
He allegedly told at least three women that he could get either them or their boyfriends out of a jam for sexual favors.
“The behavior of this individual is very disturbing and should not be viewed as a reflection of the conduct of the good and the honorable men and women who serve on the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti reports:
In one incident on the South Side, Skweres was quoted in the criminal complaint saying, “It doesn’t have to be sex. We can do other things.”
The complaint says Skweres told the woman, “If you go to jail, you know what they are going to do to you there. It’s not going to be as bad as what I do to you.”
He worked out of Zone 3 which includes the South Side. On Carson Street, people were both surprised and disappointed.
Bob Frederking, of the North Side, said: “If it’s true, it’s terrible. The cops should not be doing that. I hope it’s not true.”
Janet Curley said: “When it’s one of their own, it’s a really tough situation.”
The investigation is continuing and Chief Harper asked any other potential victims to come forward.
“As I stated, this is very disturbing and at the same time, we’re here to protect and to serve our citizens of this fine city,” Harper said.
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KDKA’s Heather Abraham reports: