Nine jurors selected in trial for corrections officer

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Nine jurors were selected today to hear the criminal case against former corrections officer Harry F. Nicoletti, and the process is to continue tomorrow.

Mr. Nicoletti, 62, of Coraopolis, worked at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh on F Block until early 2011, when he was suspended.

He faces 89 counts ranging from official oppression to institutional sexual assault. He has maintained his innocence.

A former colleague, Tory Kelly, was convicted last month on four counts related to an inmate's abuse allegations, and faces a March sentencing.

The trial is before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas David R. Cashman, and is expected to run for three or four weeks.

Two other former colleagues await trial, also before Judge Cashman, and three faced charges that have since been dismissed or dropped.

All were accused of singling out for abuse inmates viewed as pedophiles.

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


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