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Middle School Teacher Suspected of Sex With Student Kills Herself in Front of Police

5-11-17 Colorado:

A longtime Colorado middle school teacher killed herself in front of police as they approached her home this week as part of an investigation into allegations she had sex with a student.

Gretchen Krohnfeldt, 47, taught at Drake Middle School in Arvada where police say an employee claimed to have witnessed an inappropriate interaction between her and a male student months ago before reporting it this past Monday.

According to CBS News, Arvada police say the relationship allegedly began when the student, who is now in high school, attended Drake Middle.

The alleged sexual relations took place at Krohnfeldt's home, cops said.

Krohnfeldt, a mother of three, was placed on leave by school officials Monday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office did not cite the manner of Krohnfeldt's death, which is still under investigation by the coroner.

In a statement, Jefferson County Public Schools wrote:

On Monday, May 8, a school staff member reported a possible relationship between one Jeffco student and a teacher at Drake Middle School. The principal immediately called law enforcement and school district personnel. The teacher was immediately placed on administrative leave. We were informed that on Tuesday, May 9, the teacher passed away. ..Source.. by Inside Edition

Man who jumped from 11th story of Syracuse building was sex offender, state says

6-21-17 New York:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A parolee who police said jumped to his death from the 11th floor of an apartment building Tuesday was a sex offender who had been been convicted of sexually assaulting a girl.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision issued a statement Wednesday night identifying the parolee as Jason A. Jock.

Syracuse police said around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday officers were called to the Skyline Apartments at 753 James St. to investigate a suicide. Officers met with state parole officers who were already there.

Parole officers had taken Jock -- who lived at the building, according to state records -- into custody late Tuesday for a parole violation, police said.

Robert Seman, Alleged Rapist And Murderer, Jumps To Death From Courthouse Balcony

4-11-17 Ohio:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A man charged with setting a fire that killed a girl he was accused of raping and her grandparents jumped to his death from a fourth-floor courthouse balcony on Monday, the day before jury selection in his death penalty trial.

Forty-eight-year-old Robert Seman Jr. was being led by deputies from a courtroom after a status conference to a holding cell at the Mahoning County Courthouse in Youngstown when he killed himself, Sheriff Jerry Greene told the Youngstown Vindicator.

"According to a couple of the attorneys and basically everybody there, it seemed like he was in pretty good spirits,'' Greene said. "He was talking about the future of his trial, and he just decided to jump.''

Seman could have faced the death penalty if convicted in the deaths of 10-year-old Corrine Gump, 63-year-old William Schmidt and 61-year-old Judith Schmidt. The March 2015 fire at the family's home occurred the day Seman's trial in Corrine's rape was scheduled to begin in Youngstown. Investigators concluded that the fire was fuelled by gasoline. Burns were found on Seman's body after his arrest, prosecutors said.

Glendale Police: Man, woman died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at Glendale home

4-9-17 Arizona:

GLENDALE, AZ - Police are releasing more information after a man and woman who were found dead in a Glendale home over the weekend.

A Phoenix spokesperson said they were serving a search warrant to a home near 59th and Peoria avenues on Saturday night in connection to a child pornography investigation.

While officers were entering the home they heard a single gunshot, officials said. Dan Ray Reynolds, 47, and 32-year-old Jessica Rochelle Garcia were found dead inside the home.

It’s believed that both Garcia and Reynolds suffered self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The pair died at the scene, police said.

No additional information was immediately available. ..Source.. by

Advocacy groups link suicide of WCSH meteorologist to sex assault report

4-19-17 Maine:

Apparently relying on speculation by a radio talk show and two websites, the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Maine's National Alliance on Mental Illness issued a joint statement saying Tom Johnston "is being investigated for a reported sexual assault," but police won't confirm that, saying the case is still under investigation.

With little evidence and apparently relying on recent on-air speculation by a radio talk show and a pair of websites, two Maine advocacy groups for the prevention of suicide and sexual assault are attempting to connect a television weatherman’s suicide to an active sexual assault investigation.

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Maine’s National Alliance on Mental Illness issued a joint public statement on Tuesday that said the WCSH-TV meteorologist, Tom Johnston, was “being investigated for a reported sexual assault.”