Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Officer Remains Jailed until He's Evaluated

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Officer Remains Jailed until He's Evaluated

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Pittsburgh police Officer Adam Skweres, charged with offering women legal help in exchange for sexual favors, failed in his first attempt to join the force because a city psychologist deemed him unfit for police work, civil service commission records show.

He filed an appeal with the civil service commission, which allowed him to be evaluated by a second psychologist, who said he was suited for the job. The second opinion cleared the way for a five-year career that is in jeopardy as investigators examine it for more cases of possible misconduct.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning on Tuesday ordered Officer Skweres, 34, of Lincoln Place, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation through the jail's behavior clinic, saying he wanted to "understand his psychological and psychiatric makeup" before he would agree to release him to house arrest pending trial. The officer, who remains suspended without pay, was charged last week with crimes including bribery, coercion, official oppression and indecent assault stemming from three cases in which women told investigators he offered them legal aid in exchange for sexual favors and a fourth in which a woman said he tried to rape her.

Judge Manning, who last week agreed to free the officer to electronic monitoring at his home, cited concerns over crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs found during a search of the officer's SUV over the weekend. The judge said he would agree to release Officer Skweres only after he has read the clinic's report, which could take as long as a week to generate.

The women's allegations against the officer date back to June 2008, when he had been on the job for only about 18 months.

When Officer Skweres, a former Army reservist, was a candidate for the city's police academy in 2005, city psychologist Irvin P.R. Guyett deemed him "not psychologically suited for police work," prompting the city to pull his name from its eligibility list, according to minutes from a January 2006 civil service commission meeting.

Dr. Guyett, who has been interviewing city police candidates for 20 years, declined to comment on the specifics of Officer Skweres' evaluation, which is every potential officer's final hurdle to becoming eligible to join the academy. …

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