Vicious attack leaves Pa. inmate comatose
If his diary and witness accounts are to be believed, Nicholas Pinto
endured months of physical, sexual and mental abuse in prison. Guards roughed him up, made him stand naked in a cold cell for hours at a time, and taunted him relentlessly. A fellow inmate raped him night after night, beat him when he resisted, and stole his possessions.
And no one, he claimed, did a thing about it.
"The overall treatment I have received from both the prison and (the prison's) medical providers (is) unconstitutional, insufficient, cruel, inhumane and shamefully unacceptable," Pinto wrote in April.
He feared for his life, yet the officials responsible for his safety appear to have ignored his pleas for help — nor did they heed a warning from the prison chaplain that Pinto was in grave danger.
An accused child pornographer, he was at the bottom of the prison hierarchy. So what came next was perhaps inevitable.