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Monday, December 15, 2014

Man who died in Sacramento Jail identified

12-15-2014 California:

SACRAMENTO, CA – The man who died while behind bars early Sunday morning has been identified. According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, the man who died while being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail for failing to register as a sex offender was 54-year-old Edward Larson, of Sacramento.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Larson died just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning while inside his cell at the Main Jail.

Larson had been in custody at the facility since November 20 on a sexual offender registration violation charge. Jail staff discovered the unresponsive Larson in his cell during a standard count and cell check. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Accused child molester found dead in Marion County Jail

12-4-2014 Indiana:

Officials are investigating the death of a Marion County Jail inmate.

Mark Snyder, 37, was found dead Wednesday inside of a jail cell block from an apparent suicide, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. No foul play is suspected.

The investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Coroner’s Office, officials said.

Snyder was taken into custody on May 21 on nine counts of felony child molesting and two counts of felony incest. He was also facing three counts of felony child molesting in Morgan County. ..Source.. by Justin L. Mack

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ex-deputy found dead on day molestation trial was to begin

11-10-2014 Georgia:

A former Clayton County deputy accused of child molestation was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday morning after he failed to show up for his trial, according to police.

Phillip Emanuel Richards, then 42, was arrested in March for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The girl told police she awoke to find Richards attacking her so she ran, climbing out of a window and running for help.

Richards’ trial was to begin Monday morning, according to the Clayton County Superior Court docket. He was charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation, aggravated sodomy and sexual battery, court records showed. He was out of jail on bond.

Inmate serving sentence for child sex abuse dies

10-20-2014 Illinois:

A man serving 13 years in prison for sexually abusing a child and owning child pornography in Lake and Cook counties died Sunday morning in Chicago.

Philip Helfand, 62, an inmate at Dixon Correctional Center, died at University of Illinois Hospital at 10:14 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Helfand died while under secure IDOC guard in a hospital after a “long illness,” according to Tom Shaer, Dept. of Corrections spokesman.

Sex offender dies at Scott County Jail

10-30-2014 Iowa:

A man awaiting sentencing Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender died early Wednesday at the Scott County Jail.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Lawrence M. Bonner, 33, of Park View.

Maj. Tom Gibbs of the sheriff's office said that medical aid was summoned a little before 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when Bonner appeared to be unresponsive in his cell, of which he was the only occupant. Bonner was pronounced dead about 1 a.m.

An autopsy has been ordered. The death investigation has been turned over to the state Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Scott County Medical Examiner's office.

Bonner had been an inmate at the jail for 102 days. He was a registered sex offender from Illinois who moved in with his mother at her Park View home in July, records state.