Ex-Corrections Officer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 2 Inmates Reaches Plea Deal

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former Allegheny County corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting two female inmates has agreed to a plea deal.

On Wednesday, 35-year-old Joshua Reber pleaded guilty to two counts of official oppression. According to the district attorney, two counts of institutional sexual assault were withdrawn.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this year, the two victims testified that their encounters with Reber began with notes and flirtations. However, they evolved into kissing, groping and sexual acts.

One of the victims testified that the sexual acts led to more favorable inmate work assignments, which could mean more freedom and more benefits like access to coffee, tobacco products and even contraband and disposing of the contraband before shakedowns.

In the courtroom Wednesday, one of the victims read letters to both Allegheny County Judge Edward Borkowski and to Reber himself.

She expressed her disgust in the plea deal and in Reber’s actions. She described Reber as an abusive man who stripped her of her dignity and self-worth.

The other victim in the case was also in the courtroom.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2017.

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  1. Deputy53 says:

    In Florida, all jail’s are staffed with certified Deputy sheriff’s. (However state prisons do use correctional officers.) I would be naive to “think” that some of that doesn’t happen with over 3,100+ inmates on a daily basis, in the county I worked in. Add to that just a little over 150 deputies per shift have the “care, custody, and control” of the inmates..and some contraband finds it’s way in. But in all my years working THAT county, no charges of any sexual nature have ever been filed against any Deputy. Maybe because they would be fired & lose their pension IF convicted. Different rules, different states..I guess.

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