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Georgetown official kills himself after sexual assault allegations arise

Authorities said they were close to an arrest after he failed to show up for interview.

1-11-2008 Texas:

A Georgetown official fatally shot himself Tuesday, a day after allegations that he sexually assaulted a child surfaced, authorities said.

Tony Carrillo, assistant director of parks, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home outside Florence about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Detective John Foster, a spokesman for the Williamson County sheriff's office.

Foster said investigators had been scheduled to meet with Carrillo on Tuesday after the allegations were made Monday. State Child Protective Services officials notified the sheriff's office about the accusation, he said.

Authorities interviewed the youth, who was described only as a girl younger than 17, on Monday, Foster said.

After Carrillo failed to show up for the Tuesdaymeeting, Foster said, deputies decided there was "enough probable cause" to arrest him.

"We wanted to give him time to rebut and discuss the allegations, but he never gave us that chance," Foster said.

Foster said that when deputies went to Carrillo's house, they found him dead.

Georgetown city spokesman Keith Hutchinson said officials learned Tuesday about the death.

"Tony had worked for the Parks and Recreation Department since 1999," Hutchinson said in a statement. "He was a hard-working and valued employee whose death came as a great shock to city employees." ..more.. by

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