Accused Officer's Release on Hold; Behavioral Exam Ordered
Harding, Margaret, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh officials tried to avoid hiring a police officer now accused of using his position to try to coerce women into having sex and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he wants to fire him.
"We are going to be very aggressive in the termination of this police officer," Ravenstahl said on Tuesday. "We're not going to stand for this type of activity."
The city hired Adam Skweres as a police officer in February 2007 after initially deeming him not "psychologically suited" for police work, according to Civil Service Commission records. The Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission requires that licensed psychologists determine a candidate psychologically fit for police work in order to receive certification. Records did not indicate why the psychologist initially failed him.
Skweres appealed, and a second evaluation in February 2006 determined he was psychologically fit, Civil Service records show.
City officials did not comment on the records.
Skweres, 34, of Lincoln Place remained in Allegheny County Jail yesterday on charges of oppression, coercion, bribery, indecent assault and attempted rape. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning last week ordered Skweres released to house arrest under electronic monitoring but delayed that order because police said they discovered marijuana and crack cocaine during a search of Skweres' vehicle last weekend.
Manning instead ordered Skweres to undergo a behavioral assessment. Skweres' attorney, Phillip DiLucente, said he hoped to resolve the matter quickly and get his client released this week.
"I do not believe he is a danger to himself or others," DiLucente said. …