PITTSBURGH (AP)—A non-jury trial has begun for a fired guard who’s accused of physically assaulting and threatening inmates and a co-worker who cooperated with investigators into allegations of sexual abuse of prisoners at the state prison in Pittsburgh.
Forty-one-year-old Tory Kelly, of Aliquippa, faces 19 counts, including charges of witness intimidation, terroristic threats and official oppression.
Kelly is the first of three fired guards scheduled to stand trial before the end of January in a case that centers on allegations that convicted child molesters were targeted by guards who worked in prison’s intake section.
The focus of the criminal investigation is 61-year-old Harry Nicoletti, of Coraopolis, who remains scheduled for trial Jan. 8 on 89 counts including charges that he sexually or physically abused prisoners, including a transsexual inmate. Nicoletti has claimed the charges are “made up.”