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Inmate accused of assaulting Westmoreland prison employee

November 12, 2018

A New Kensington man sentenced last month to serve up to two years in prison for dealing crack cocaine and fleeing police was charged Wednesday with inappropriately touching a Westmoreland County Prison employee.

Jadrian “Toochy” Wade, 25, was charged by county detectives with indecent assault in connection with a Sept. 25 incident at the Hempfield lockup, according to court documents filed before District Judge Mark Mansour.

Wade has been an inmate at the county prison since April 29 when he was arrested by New Kensington police. Following a chase, police discovered crack cocaine inside his vehicle during an alleged drug deal, according to court papers.

He is currently awaiting transfer from the county lockup to a state prison after being sentenced to serve up to two years following a plea agreement reached Sept. 20 before Judge Rita Hathaway.

Detective James Williams said in court papers filed Wednesday that a nurse was delivering medicine to several inmates when Wade inappropriately touched her.

“Wade was not there to get medication,” Williams wrote in the court document filed before Mansour. “Wade just laughed and closed (the cell door) after the incident.”

Williams said the incident was captured on surveillance video.

A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.

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