Allegheny County building guard charged with rape of fellow guard

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An Allegheny County building guard was charged today with rape, sexual assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly raping a fellow building guard while on duty, according to Pittsburgh police.

Donnell A. Stewart, 31, and a female co-worker agreed to meet inside the Allegheny County Health Department on Forbes Avenue in Oakland on June 30, after the victim had finished her shift Downtown and while Mr. Stewart was working a late shift, according to a Pittsburgh Police criminal complaint. After arriving at the health department building, the victim told police she followed Mr. Stewart to a back room where she allowed him to perform oral sex on her in exchange for his having worked a "buddy day" for her, police said.

When Mr. Stewart told her he wanted to have intercourse with her, however, the victim refused despite his offer to pay her, according to police. The two then walked back to Mr. Stewart's guard station, where he allegedly shoved an uncharged stun gun against her neck so hard that he pushed her down, injuring her arm, according to the complaint. Mr. Stewart produced a second stun gun and began to "crack" it, then forced her to return to the back room where they had been earlier, held the stun gun against her neck and raped her, police said.

Afterward, the victim said Mr. Stewart's attitude changed to remorse, and he apologized and said he should be "locked up," according to the complaint.

Mr. Stewart, who has worked as a building guard for the Allegheny County police since June 2005 and previously worked at the county courthouse, Downtown, has been suspended without pay and is being held at the county jail, county officials said. He has denied all the charges against him, according to his lawyer, Casey White.

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Amy McConnell Schaarsmith: or 412-263-1719.


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