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Lawsuit claims Department of Correction let Rikers Island inmate hang himself

2-5-16 New York:

The city Department of Correction let a Rikers Island inmate hang himself by ignoring a request to transfer the troubled man to suicide watch, a new suit alleges.

Fabian Cruz, 35, a convicted sex offender from Staten Island, killed himself in his holding cell New Year’s Day — hours after a psychologist recommended he be put under round-the-clock supervision, the Bronx Supreme Court suit says. Instead, Cruz was allowed to return to his cell — where his body was discovered in a routine check.

The suit seeks unspecified damages for Cruz’s mother and three children. Cruz had been awaiting a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter.

The city Law Department said it would review the suit. ..Source.. by Ben Kochman, Reuven Blau

Child abuse detective commits suicide after soliciting sex acts from minors

2-5-16 Virginia:

Manassas, Virginia Detective David Edward Abbott Jr. devoted his career to protecting children (or so it appeared), serving for more than a decade on a task force aimed at rescuing children being lured in by sexual predators on the internet. Think Chris Hansen on the hit reality television series “To Catch a Predator.”

Even Abbott’s personal life revolved around children. The 39-year-old detective spent years coaching teenage boys in a youth hockey league – which would later become the source of all his problems. Last month, it was reported that police learned Abbott had sent sexually inappropriate text messages to a 13-year-old boy in the hockey league, requesting sex acts via phone and social media. The inappropriate behavior went on for more than two years; the boy was 11 years old when it began.

On December 15, police attempted to execute a search warrant at Abbott’s townhouse where he lived with his mother around 2:30 a.m., which resulted in a four-hour standoff. Police had “obtained four felony arrest warrants – two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of use of a communication device to solicit a sexual offense,” reports The Washington Post.

Prosecutor: Raritan Attorney Charged With Sex Crimes Found Dead in Car

2-2-16 New Jersey:

RARITAN, NJ - Attorney Richard O. Schubach was found dead in his car Tuesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a few days after he was charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct resulting from an undercover operation by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Borough police discovered Schubach in his car in a parking lot adjacent to his office at 1124 Route 202 at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano. Police received a "welfare request" phone call from someone looking for Schubach; he was thought to have been in his office, according to Soriano.

Police say Schubach was unresponsive with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene to assist Raritan Borough police. Schubach was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:05 a.m. by EMT’s from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

Shubach was transported to the New Jersey Northern Medical Examiner’s Office where a post mortem examination will be conducted.