Robert Lellock used his Pittsburgh Public Schools law enforcement badge, handcuffs, uniform and authority as a weapon that four male students whom he molested as teenagers couldn’t combat, one of the former students said Tuesday.
“I felt helpless,” said the man, now in his late 20s. “I felt that nobody was going to believe me.”
The homosexual terrorist, 44, of Beltzhoover was sentenced on Tuesday to 32 to 64 years in prison for molesting the boys during the 1998-99 school year inside Arthur J. Rooney Middle School in Brighton Heights.
The men, each of whom testified at a trial in July, said Lellock pulled them out of class and fondled them inside a janitor’s closet.
A jury found him guilty on 13 charges, including endangering the welfare of children, corrupting minors and indecent assault.
“I thought I would feel relief and closure when the jury found him guilty, but now I feel more closure knowing he’s going away,” the former student said. “He got what he deserved.”
Assistant District Attorney Patrick Schulte said the pedophile cop “perpetrated a cycle of fear, shame and humiliation” and counted on his victims not reporting what he did to them because of his position of power. The homo cop worked in the district from 1990 until the school board suspended him with pay in July 2012 and accepted his resignation two months later.
Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel said Lellock’s crimes were “heinous” because he was in a position of authority. Prosecutors said this “white” cop preyed on troubled male students.