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Former New Castle man claims Beaver County prosecutor, state trooper violated civil rights

| Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

A Beaver County prosecutor and a state trooper continued prosecuting a former New Castle man on rape and kidnapping charges for almost two months after a woman told them she fabricated the story, the man claims in a federal lawsuit filed on Friday.

Anthony D. Micaletti, 41, of Phoenix, Ariz., claims that Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich and Trooper Rocco S. Demaillo knew during a Dec. 2, 2011, preliminary hearing that Krista Jo Mesko said she made up the story about him abducting her at gunpoint and raping her at a nearby motel.

Despite her admission, Demaillo filed more charges against Micaletti and Popovich pursued those charges until Jan. 25, 2012, when Mesko testified under oath that she lied, the lawsuit says.

Mesko, 23, of Rochester subsequently pleaded guilty to false incrimination and was sentenced to two years of probation, according to Beaver County court records.

Micaletti, who was on probation for an unrelated offense, spent more than two months in jail in Beaver and Mercer counties because of the charges, the lawsuit says.

He accuses the prosecutor and trooper of false arrest and malicious prosecution. Bradley Olson, one of his attorneys, wasn't available for comment. Lawrence Keith, his other attorney, couldn't be reached.

A spokesman for Pennsylvania State Police declined to comment. A spokesman for the Beaver County District Attorney's Office couldn't be reached.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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