University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on Multi-count Sex Assault Case Against Prison Gaurd

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September 28, 2011

Professor John Burkoff commented on a case in which a prison gaurd in Allegheny County has been charged with dozens of counts of sexual assault against inmates.  The case is highly unusual, because most allegations of this type by inmates are dismissed as not credible.  According to Professor Burkoff, "there are always reports of sexual abuse or brutality by guards, and we know that some of them are frivolous and some are not. It's not common that a prosecutor can get enough evidence of what may have really happened to file charges of this magnitude."

 

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