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Former Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer found guilty of molesting four boys

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Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Robert Lellock of Beltzhoover, a suspended city schools police officer, is brought into police headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

After hiding a secret for more than a dozen years, a 29-year-old man on Monday expressed his thoughts about the Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer who molested him.

“I just hope he rots in prison,” he said. “There was no remorse. … I’m glad to know he can’t do this to anyone else.”

Jurors deliberated for three hours before finding Robert Lellock, 44, of Beltzhoover guilty on 13 charges, including endangering the welfare of children, corrupting minors and indecent assault.

The victim is one of four men in their 20s who accused Lellock of pulling them from class at Arthur J. Rooney Middle School in Brighton Heights, taking them into a janitor’s closet and fondling them during the 1998-99 school year.

The Tribune-Review does not identify victims of sexual assault.

“I was scared to death they weren’t going to believe what I was telling them,” he said of the jury. “I want to thank them for listening.”

The other victims declined interview requests.

Lellock, who denied the allegations from the witness stand, displayed no emotion as he left the courtroom in handcuffs, his bond revoked. Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel scheduled his sentencing for Oct. 8.

“It was a clean sweep. It was a tough case,” said defense attorney Timothy J. Kidd.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Schulte declined comment.

A three-week police investigation in July 2012 — triggered by a student’s accusations made to school officials — found that Lellock targeted troubled students ages 13 and 14 at the now-closed school on Fleming Avenue.

The investigation led police to three other victims, each of whom independently recalled Lellock taking him to the janitor’s closet.

One of the victims filed a federal lawsuit against Lellock and the school district in February. The case is pending.

The school district hired Lellock in 1990 and paid him $51,180 a year. It suspended him with pay last July. He resigned in September.

Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or [email protected].

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