A North Side man has been charged with sexually assaulting a fellow inmate in the Allegheny County Jail.
County police on Tuesday obtained a warrant charging William Unrue, 24, with sexual assault, assault by prisoner, aggravated indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
A male inmate with fresh blood on his face and a swollen lip told a jail corrections officer at 7:36 p.m. Aug. 12 that Mr. Unrue had just assaulted him inside his jail cell, according to a criminal complaint. Jail workers took the man to UPMC Mercy.
The man told investigators that he was lying on the top bunk in his cell when Mr. Unrue came in, wrapped a blanket around his neck, yanked him off the bed in such a manner that his head hit the toilet and beat him until he was semi-conscious. He then told police Mr. Unrue started to pull down his pants and he felt he was being assaulted and he passed out, according to the complaint.
Police wrote in the complaint that surveillance video shows Mr. Unrue walking into the man's jail cell at 7:26 p.m. and exiting at 7:29 p.m. The video shows the victim leaving, with a limp, at 7:34 p.m.
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 Those charges were withdrawn for reasons that were not immediately clear.
Allegheny County police superintendent Charles Moffatt said Wednesday that police intend to discuss with the district attorney the possibility of adding charges for witness intimidation or retaliation.