Jurors will continue to deliberate tomorrow toward a verdict in the criminal case against former State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh guard Harry F. Nicoletti Jr. after asking the judge a question and having testimony read to them today.
Testimony ended Thursday in the 80-count case against Mr. Nicoletti, 61, of Coraopolis. A former guard at SCI Pittsburgh, he is accused of crimes ranging from official oppression to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by around 20 inmates who were housed on that prison's F Block.
Jurors asked Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman about the definition of criminal solicitation. They also asked to hear the testimony of a former inmate whose accusations form the basis of 13 of the charges against Mr. Nicoletti.
Judge Cashman had the court reporter read the inmate's lengthy testimony to the jury. That inmate had said three times he was forced to touch Mr. Nicoletti inappropriately and that he was told by the officer to help to beat up about 50 inmates who were perceived to be pedophiles.
He also testified that he was among several inmates who tampered with the food of those thought to be pedophiles.
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