PITTSBURGH (AP) — A female inmate has received $6,000 to settle her lawsuit claiming that she was sexually assaulted by a former nurse at the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.
That man, 60-year-old John Johnson Jr., of Green Tree, in October pleaded guilty to three counts of institutional sexual assault and no contest to three additional counts. He’ll be sentenced March 19.
Under the law, inmates are not considered able to give legal consent to sexual activity with their captors. Prosecutors say the inmates were offered candy, soda and extra medications if they allowed Johnson to fondle them, and threatened with discipline if they didn’t.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports today that the county and Allegheny Correctional Health Services, which provides inmate health care, denied wrongdoing as part of the settlement obtained under a right-to-know request.