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State pays $73,000 to settle Woods Run prisoner lawsuit

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Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

The state paid a former Woods Run inmate $73,000 to settle his lawsuit against three former prison administrators, according to a copy of the settlement released by the Department of Corrections.

The lawsuit by “John Roe” claimed that guards abused him and threatened him with rape while he was being held at SCI-Pittsburgh. He reported that former administrators Melvin Lockett, Martin Kovacs and Janice Niemiec either knew about the widespread abuse of inmates at the prison or chose to avoid learning about it.

The administrators, in the settlement, deny any liability for the abuse.

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