Woman sexually assaulted by jail guard settles lawsuit against Allegheny County
An inmate sexually assaulted by an Allegheny County Jail guard and then beaten by other guards when she testified against him settled her lawsuit against the county, according to court documents.
The Tribune-Review does not name the victims of sexual assault.
Lawyers for the woman and county filed a motion Friday to dismiss the lawsuit. Stephen Misko, the woman’s lawyer, couldn’t be reached for comment. A county spokeswoman declined to comment.
Charles L. Walker, 43, of Penn Hills pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman in December 2009 and was sentenced in January 2011 to nine months’ house arrest and seven years of probation.
After the assault, the woman was transferred to Washington County for her safety, but when she was transferred back to testify at Walker’s preliminary hearing, guards Marguerite S. Bonenberger of Baldwin Borough, Jeremy W. Pugh of Braddock Hills and a third guard she didn’t recognize slammed her head into a wall and floor; blindfolded her; and kicked and struck her as she lay handcuffed on the floor, the lawsuit said.
The county denied the guards used excessive force.