Pittsburgh police officer requests permanent protection order against co-worker she said raped her

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh police officer who accused another officer of raping her after a night of drinking and partying has asked a judge to make a protection order against the officer permanent. The judge is expected to make her decision sometime this week. Both officers appeared in court on Friday to present arguments to the judge.

The male officer, who we are not identifying because he has not been charged with any crime, arrived with his attorneys for the hearing on Friday. The female officer was also in attendance with her attorney.

In January, the female officer sought and was granted a temporary protection order, barring the male from any contact with her. Several weeks prior to that, the female officer who was stationed at Zone 5 in East Liberty, wrote a lengthy email describing in detail what she claims the officer did to her last summer and how she says the city took little action against him. She sent the email to all 900 officers on the force.

According to sources, Chief Scott Schubert recommended firing the male officer, but then Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich opted instead for three-day suspension. A spokesperson for the Public Safety Department has said that Allegheny County police and the Office of Municipal Investigations conducted a thorough review of the case and no charges were filed.

Attorneys for both officers declined to comment after the hearing late Friday afternoon. Attorneys from both sides said they would comment after the judge issues her decision to either dismiss the protective order or make it permanent.