Former Allegheny County jail assistant charged with 3 counts of sexual assault

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County police announced the arrest of Shiquille Desesso, 29, a former medical assistant at the Allegheny County Jail, for three counts each of institutional sexual assault and indecent assault following an investigation by Internal Affairs at the facility.

On May 26, 2021, Internal Affairs was contacted by jail staff regarding an incident involving a female inmate at the jail who had reported concerning conduct of a jail medical employee.

Complaints from two other inmates were received on May 26 and May 28. All three involved Desesso.

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Jail administration immediately suspended Desesso pending termination and revoked all clearances.

His employment with the facility was terminated on June 4, 2021.

Following interviews with the inmates, Internal Affairs investigators also interviewed Desesso regarding the allegations of inappropriate touching and interaction with the inmate.

Desesso turned himself in Thursday and is currently awaiting arraignment on the charges.