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Charged Officer Initially Rejected By Pittsburgh Police Force

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police)

Andy Sheehan Andy Sheehan
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Adam Skweres is accused of crimes that do disgrace to the police bureau he was recruited to serve, using his powers to solicit sexual favors from a number of female victims, threatening some with arrest if they did not comply.

But before his hiring, at least one psychologist determined that he was not fit to become a police officer on psychological grounds.

The city personnel and civil service department confirms that in September of 2005, a police psychologist deemed police candidate Skweres “psychologically unsuitable” for police work and Skweres was taken off the police eligibility list.

Skweres then appealed his rejection to the Civil Service Commission which ordered a new psychological evaluation in February of 2006. Skweres passed, was enrolled in the police academy and became a police officer later that year.

The civil service director Judy Hill-Finegan said she was restricted from commenting on the basis of the initial psychological rejection.

Skweres is currently in the behavioral clinic at the Allegheny County Jail awaiting his release on electronic monitoring, but on Tuesday Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning postponed that release pending the results of a psychological evaluation there.

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