A private criminal complaint filed against an Ohioville Police Officer was dismissed today, following a short hearing in the case.
Magisterial District Judge Dale Nicholson dismissed the complaint filed by Ohioville resident William Pittser against Officer Nevin Beatty.
Patrolman Beatty was removed from the schedule in Ohioville Borough at the beginning of January, after First Assistant District Attorney Ahmed Aziz approved Pittser’s private criminal complaint for a summary charge of Criminal Mischief against the officer. Pittser had alleged that Beatty rapped on his windshield with his knuckles at a traffic stop, and claimed his windshield broke two hours later as a result.
William Pittser was the only witness to testify in today’s hearing. His testimony was short, lasting just minutes. “It was a legitimate stop, my inspection sticker and emissions sticker was indeed expired,” said Pittser. “He hit my windshield with his hand, and said my sticker was expired … He issued me 2 citations and I went about my business.” Pittser testified that he saw no damage to his windshield at the time, and went over to his father’s house after the traffic stop. Approximately two hours later, he put his car in reverse to leave when his “windshield popped.”
After a brief cross examination of Pittser, Defense attorney Jonathan Gesk made a motion for the court to dismiss the charge against Officer Beatty. Magisterial District Judge Nicholson granted the motion, dismissing the case before a defense was even presented.
“The court agrees, there is no evidence of wreckless conduct here,” said District Judge Nicholson, who added there was also no evidence the officer intended to break Pittser’s windshield when he conducted the traffic stop.
Officer Nevin Beatty filed a Whistleblower lawsuit against the Borough and several of its officials earlier this month, alleging he was being retaliated against after sparking an ongoing public corruption investigation against Chief Ronald Lutton by the Pennsylvania State Police. Lutton has been accused of bilking taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars by falsifying time sheets and altering hearing notices.
Officer Beatty remains off of the Ohioville Borough Police Department schedule, and his employment status with the town is now unclear.
The Beaver Countian has published a series of investigative reports and other articles about the alleged actions of Ohioville Borough Officials:
Retaliation? Officer Removed From Schedule After Sparking Corruption Probe
District Attorney’s Office Approves Private Complaint Against Officer
Man: The Mayor Had Me File A Complaint Against Officer Beatty
Ohioville Mayor Files Harassment Complaint Against Beaver Countian
Man Who Filed Complaint Against Officer Becomes Belligerent At Court
Leaked: Internal Emails From Ohioville Police Department Raise Questions
Photos At The Center Of A Private Criminal Complaint Against Officer
Police Officer Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Ohioville Borough And Officials