MARTINEZ — An inmate at the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez who died in a shower has been identified as suspected child molester Alexander Legaspi, authorities said Friday.
Legaspi, 57, of Bay Point, was found unconscious in a shower of the Martinez Detention Facility with a bed sheet tied to the shower frame Thursday. Legaspi was originally arrested July 6, 2015 on suspicion of 15 counts of child molestation.
A deputy found him about 7:15 a.m. after being notified by another inmate, spokesman Jimmy Lee said Thursday Medical staff responded. The deputy gave Legaspi CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy was conducted Friday morning and the cause of his death was deemed to be by hanging, authorities said. Per county protocol, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death, along with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. ..Source.. by Angela Ruggiero
Big Bear, California – San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department has released a statement stating that Richard Harold Todd, a 60 years old resident of Big Bear City, was taken into custody on suspicion of child molestation.
Todd was apprehended on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:20 p.m, without incident, when a search warrant was served on a residence located in the 300 block of East Country Club Blvd. He was then booked at Big Bear jail for Sexual Molestation of a Minor, Possession of Child Pornography and Possession of an Illegal Assault Rifle.
The jail deputy discovered Todd hanging in his cell on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:20 a.m. The deputy promptly cut the shoelaces, from which he was hanging, then proceeded to call for medical aid. The medical responders pronounced him dead on scene, Todd was housed alone in his cell at the time of the incident.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detail responded and are conducting the investigation. Riverside County Coroner will conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of death. ..Source.. by Ty Steel
Arrested last week, Fenton Township man on sex offender registry faced federal charges
A Fenton Township man arrested last week for allegedly having hundreds of child pornography images on his work computer was found dead at his home Monday afternoon.
According to 911 dispatch, emergency responders were sent to Steven Dale Brown’s home at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Responders were advised that a 60-year-old male in the garage was in full arrest, possible suicide.
Brown, 60, of Fenton Township was arrested last week and charged in federal court on child pornography charges. His arrest came, according to court records, after a federal search warrant was executed at the home during the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 16.
Updated at 3:30 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Terence Michael Groessel's death has been ruled a suicide, police said in a news conference Thursday afternoon.
He shot himself in the head with his gun, said Maj. Jeff Cotner of the crimes against persons division.
Dallas police also released the names of the involved officers, both part of the North Central Division's crime response team. Officer Jay Jankowski has been on the department for almost five years. Officer Michelle Herczeg has been a member of the department for almost six years, according to police.
Cotner said Herczeg gave investigators a preliminary walk-through at the scene. Jankowski has not given a statement yet.
She tapped on the window of the truck and saw Groessel lean forward, hop up a little and then point a handgun at Jankowski, who was on the other side of the pickup.
The officers retreated, pulled their guns and started shooting at Groessel, Cotner said.
He said Groessel also appeared to extend his arm out of the window and point his gun at officers again.
ATTLEBORO — Police confirmed an accused child molester was found dead Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, the day after he was arraigned in Attleboro District Court.
The body of Selvin Perez, 42, of 140 South Main St. in Attleboro, was found by a woman around 8:30 a.m. in a parking lot behind the Gardner Terrace apartment complex off Pine Street.
Police Chief Kyle Heagney said Perez died from knife wounds, and left a suicide note. Heagney declined to comment on the details of the note.
Perez was released from court Monday afternoon after he was arraigned on charges he groped the 5-year-old daughter of a man who invited him over for beers at his South Main Street home last Friday.