A local district judge dismissed the charges Thursday against a North Side man accused of sexually assaulting a fellow inmate in the Allegheny County Jail this summer.
District Judge Oscar Petite dismissed the charges against William Unrue, 24, after the Allegheny County district attorney’s office submitted a third request for a postponement of the preliminary hearing, according to DA’s spokesman Mike Manko.
Prosecutors requested the postponement because they were having trouble locating the victim, Mr. Manko said.
Allegheny County police charged Mr. Unrue in August with sexual assault and other crimes after an inmate told them Mr. Unrue yanked him off a bed, beat him, then pulled his pants down and assaulted him. The victim told police he passed out during the assault.
Mr. Unrue told police he did not assault the man but instead went to the man’s cell to ask why the man had previously asked that charges be filed against him, according to the complaint. Mr. Unrue told police the man apologized to him and then Mr. Unrue left.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not typically name the victims of alleged sexual assaults.
Court records show the victim in the sex assault case described for Pittsburgh police scenario that prompted them to charge Mr. Unrue in May with aggravated assault and unlawful restraint. Those charges were withdrawn for reasons that were not immediately clear.