Abuse trial begins for school officer
July 25, 2013 10:50 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Robert Lellock, 44, a former Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer, is on trial, charged with molesting four boys more than a decade ago.

The trial began Tuesday, and prosecutors told jurors that Lellock used his badge and uniform to intimidate and victimize the boys. Lellock has denied the charges, and his trial could last all week.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Schulte said Lellock turned a janitor’s closet into breeding grounds for child molestation. But defense attorney Timothy J. Kidd told jurors that his client often took students into the closet to get information about what was going on in the school.

The allegations involve boys who were students at Arthur J. Rooney Middle School in the late 1990s. Lellock resigned last September after the allegations emerged.

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