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Victim of former Pittsburgh police officer sues city, police hierarchy

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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 5:18 p.m.

Pittsburgh police knew in 2005 that Adam Skweres failed his psychological exam and shouldn't have been allowed onto the force, one of the former officer's victims says in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

The woman is suing the city, former police Chief Nathan Harper, Zone 3 Commander Catherine McNeilly and an unnamed Zone 3 captain. She claims the department should have removed Skweres after two women filed sex assault complaints in 2008, which would have prevented him from assaulting her in 2011.

City solicitor Dan Regan said the city hasn't reviewed the lawsuit yet.

The woman claims that Skweres, in December 2011, came to her house and offered to help her get her fiance's bail reduced in return for sexual favors, the lawsuit says. When she refused, he forced her to partially disrobe before he would leave her home, the lawsuit says.

The Tribune-Review does not name the victims of sexual assaults.

Police charged Skweres with trying to solicit sexual favors from five women. The incident described in the lawsuit fits one of the five incidents in the criminal case. The woman's attorney couldn't be reached for comment.

Skweres, 36, of Lincoln Place pleaded guilty in March to state charges of attempted rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment, bribery, official oppression and criminal coercion. He serving a sentence of 3 12 to 8 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

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