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Trial set in civil suit against Rockview rapist

Centre County Sheriff's deputies escort former SCI Rockview inmate Omar Best into the Centre County Courthouse annex in May.
Centre County Sheriff's deputies escort former SCI Rockview inmate Omar Best into the Centre County Courthouse annex in May. CDT photo

A federal court has set a schedule for upcoming dates in the case of a rape victim against the state Department of Corrections, former Rockview state prison superintendent Marirosa Lamas and others.

According to a case management order filed Wednesday, if no settlement is reached, the case will head to trial Aug. 3 at the Federal Building in Harrisburg.

The case stems from the July 2013 rape of a young woman who had been working at the prison as a clerk. Omar Best, 37, a Philadelphia man with an extensive criminal record including other violent sexual incidents, was convicted of the assault in May.

A jury found that he planned and executed the attack after the victim had told others at the prison that he was making her uncomfortable.

Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford sentenced Best to life in prison, calling him “the most dangerous defendant I’ve ever had in this courtroom.”

The state attorney general’s office is defending the case.

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