We're sure this happens a lot more than they make you believe. Just ask almost any sexual offender who has been in jail or prison for any extended period of time. Maybe they should put him in prison or jail and tell all the inmates he's a cop? See the other articles at the end. It would seem that he committed many sexual crimes, but like usual, he gets a slap on the wrist when compared to the average citizen who does the same.
By Adam Brandolph
The Woods Run prison guard who masterminded the abuse of child sex offenders serving time will spend five years on probation, an Allegheny County judge ordered on Thursday.
Harry Nicoletti, 61, of Coraopolis, a former guard at State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, will spend six months on house arrest.
Prosecutors said Nicoletti led a group of guards who targeted inmates convicted of sex crimes involving minors.
“You were painted as an ogre; you were painted as a sex fiend; you were painted as a villain who liked to torture and seek out sex offenders,” Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman said before imposing Nicoletti's sentence. “I'm sparing you from the danger you imposed on the individuals you were in charge of. I hope you understand that.”
“It certainly has never been my mission to hurt or embarrass anyone,” Nicoletti told the judge before sentencing. “While I do respect the jury's verdict, I still struggle with it daily.”
He declined to comment as he walked out of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown, with his wife.
A jury in January found him guilty of 27 counts, including one felony of solicitation and misdemeanor charges of official oppression, simple assault, solicitation, indecent exposure and making terroristic threats.
- Indecent exposure? So why isn't he on the sex offender registry?
The jury acquitted him of 52 charges that he sexually assaulted the inmates. It could not reach a verdict on one count that Nicoletti brought illegal contraband into the prison.
Defense attorney Steve Colafella said Cashman's sentence sends a message to other guards.
“This case represents a policy statement that that type of behavior is not tolerated by the Department of Corrections,” Colafella said.
- It may not be tolerated when someone is caught, but we are willing to bet it happens a lot more than people think.
A jury in December found former Woods Run guard Tory D. Kelly, 41, of Aliquippa guilty of threatening and assaulting an inmate. Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced April 2.
Former guard Bruce Lowther, 35, of West Newton is awaiting trial set for April 15. Prosecutors dropped or dismissed charges against four others.
The charges against Nicoletti and the other guards have spurred several federal civil lawsuits.
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