Former Arthur J. Rooney student sues ex-Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer over abuse claim

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A former Arthur J. Rooney Middle School student filed a federal lawsuit this week against an ex-Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer he said molested and threatened him.

Investigators in September said they expected more accusers to contact them about Robert Lellock, 44, of Beltzhoover, who was charged in 2012 with child endangerment, official oppression and sex crimes after three students reported abuse that dated to 1998.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette generally does not identify people without their consent who make allegations of sexual abuse.

The latest accusations also come with claims that Pittsburgh Public Schools shares in the blame.

According to the complaint filed in federal court, the former student's teacher reported to school officials the unsupervised encounters between the students and Mr. Lellock but that the district failed to investigate the officer's conduct and behavior.

The former student, then 15, said Mr. Lellock would pull him out of detention several times in the 1998-99 school year, telling his teacher the teen "was in trouble again."

According to the complaint, Mr. Lellock took the teen to a supply closet on multiple occasions where he would lock the door, molest him and make lewd requests. Mr. Lellock told the 15-year-old he would face "adverse consequences" if he reported the officer, according to the complaint.

Another time, according to the complaint, Mr. Lellock offered the boy $50 to perform a sexual act inside his police cruiser.

Mr. Lellock resigned in September after 22 years as a school police officer. He awaits an April 15 trial on the earlier charges.

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Molly Born:, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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