Harry Nicoletti, 7 Other Guards, Suspended for Sexual Sadism at Pennsylvania Prison
Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 5:54 am
Police say that when new inmates arrived, Nicoletti would announce to the others which ones were pedophiles. Then they would be singled out for a unique brand of sadism.
According to police, Nicoletti and seven other guards were in on the torture. They would use racial and sexual slurs, coerce inmates into raping and beating the targeted prisoners, and force them to fondle them.
Nicoletti appears to be the worst of the bunch. Police say he once gave an inmate a lighter, ordering him to set another prisoner on fire. He tried to rape one inmate with a broomstick, flushed others' heads in the toilet, and forced them to perform oral sex.
Nicoletti and the others are suspected of raping and molesting more than 20 prisoners over a two-year period. He's been suspended since January. Seven other guards were suspended in April as a grand jury looked at the accusations.
Nicoletti has now been hit with almost 100 charges, including institutional sexual assault, official oppression, terroristic threats and simple assault.
He claims the charges are completely false, but detectives seem to believe otherwise.
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