• Ex-cop pleads guilty to sex extortion, heads to jail


    PITTSBURGH - A fired Pittsburgh police officer has pleaded guilty to trying to extort sexual favors from women in exchange for his promises to help them or their boyfriends with legal issues.

    Thirty-five-year-old Adam Skweres, a nine-year veteran officer, pleaded guilty Monday to several counts involving five women, including criminal attempt at involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and bribery for the encounters.

    Skweres was immediately handcuffed and taken to prison where he will serve an agreed-upon three-and-a-half to eight-year prison sentence followed by a decade of probation.

    The plea deal kept Skweres from possibly serving a life sentence.

    "There was a plea agreement of three-and-a-half to eight years. That's within the guideline range. I want to make that very clear," defense attorney Phil DiLucente said.

    Skweres did not comment or ask Judge David Cashman for leniency, saying "because I am your honor" when asked why he was pleading guilty.

    "I think it's a great decision for him. My dad used to say, 'You could never predict what a judge or a jury is going to do,'" defense attorney Jim Ecker said. "You saw how many years he was looking at."

    Skweres is required to serve at least three-and-a-half years before he's eligible for parole.

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