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Friday, October 2, 2015

Coast Guard Auxiliary officer commits suicide amid child molestation allegations

9-29-15 California:

A former U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vice commander charged last year with molesting two 16-year-old boys committed suicide this week following new allegations in a similar case, authorities said Tuesday.

Trent Corbett Kelly, 45, was discovered about 5:40 p.m. Monday when lifeguards and Redondo Beach firefighters reeled in the anchor of his boat and found him tied to it, police and coroner’s officials said.

Voter registration records listed a Redondo Beach address for Kelly but he previously lived in Manhattan Beach and Torrance.

Torrance police arrested Kelly on Sept. 15, according to county jail records. The arrest stemmed from a child molestation allegation that occurred several years ago, before the recent case that sent him to prison after a plea bargain with prosecutors, Torrance police Sgt. Paul Kranke said. He was released after posting $600,000 bail.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Southern Nevada inmate dies in cell at High Desert

8-11-15 Nevada:

A 44-year-old prisoner serving time in Southern Nevada died on Sunday, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Larry Royal, committed from Clark County on June 19, died in his single cell at High Desert State Prison, the department of corrections said. His cause of death will be released by the Clark County coroner's office.

Royal was serving two consecutive sentences of 96 to 240 months each for attempted sexual assault and attempted lewdness with a minor. ..Source.. by Ricardo Torres

Accused child molester found dead of apparent suicide near Girdwood

9-27-15 Alaska:

A 41-year-old Anchorage man with an active warrant out for his arrest for child molestation, was found dead in a car Saturday near Girdwood, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch Sunday.

Troopers received reports Saturday morning that the truck of Anchorage missing man Kevin Mitchell had been spotted near milepost 87.5 of the Seward Highway near Girdwood.

While searching the area for Mitchell, at about 11:40 a.m. troopers "located a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the woods out of view from the Seward Highway."

Officials found 41-year-old Joseph Melton inside the car, dead from apparent suicide.

"He had an active warrant out for his arrest," trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters told Channel 2 News.

Duchesne County Jail inmate waiting for sentencing found dead by apparent suicide

9-24-15 Utah:

DUCHESNE, Utah — A Duchesne County Jail inmate has been found dead by apparent suicide days after he was convicted.

The Deseret News reports ( ) that 60-year-old Michael Alan Baker, of Duchesne, was found unresponsive Tuesday in the shower area of the jail.

Duchesne County Sheriff's Lt. Jeremy Curry says the death appears to be a suicide.

Baker was convicted on Sept. 16 of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; lewdness by a sex offender, a third-degree felony; and lewdness involving a child by a sex offender, a third-degree felony. He was scheduled to be sentenced in October. ..Source.. by Daily Journal

Monday, September 21, 2015

Gymnastics coach accused of child molestation found dead

9-20-15 Indiana:

An Indianapolis gymnastics coach who trained two members of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympics team was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell, where he was being held on charges of child pornography and molestation, authorities said Sunday.

Marvin Sharp, 49, was found unresponsive at 8:17 p.m. Saturday in his cell at the Marion County Jail, sheriff's spokeswoman Katie Carlson said in a statement. She said foul play isn't suspected, but that she couldn't provide further information.

"A follow up investigation is being conducted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County Coroner's Office," Carlson said.

Sharp, who was the USA Gymnastics 2010 Coach of the Year, was arrested Aug. 24 on four local counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Federal prosecutors, in a superseding indictment filed Sept. 14, also charged Sharp with nine counts of producing child pornography since 2002 involving six female students as young as 6 or 7 years old.