Settlement ends SCI Pittsburgh abuse lawsuit

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A settlement has ended a lawsuit related to abuse allegations on the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh's F Block -- the first of a raft of related lawsuits to reach an amicable end.

The plaintiff used a pseudonym, John Roe, in filing the lawsuit against prison officials and corrections officers.

The amount of any settlement was not immediately available.

The case was the subject of a mediation hearing Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan, and her docket note indicates that it has resolved. She has closed the case.

"My client John Roe is pleased to put these unfortunate events behind him," wrote the prisoner's attorney, Jon Pushinsky. "We are happy that the parties were able to reach a mutuality acceptable resolution of their dispute."

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

The allegations made in the "John Roe" lawsuit match the testimony given in two F Block-related trials by Randy Jones, 25, of Verona.

Jones testified in the abuse trials of former corrections officers Harry F. Nicoletti and Tory Kelly. Both were convicted of charges stemming from Jones' testimony.

He told Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Cashman that Kelly beat him, ordered him to strip, threatened him and forced him to kneel while Nicoletti exposed himself.

Jones was on F Block in late 2010 and early 2011, just after he pleaded guilty to sex with a child.

The state investigation of abuse allegations on F Block has spurred lawsuits by prisoners against the officers and by officers against the department for its disciplinary efforts.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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