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VT- Man facing child sex assault charges dies of apparent suicide

3-13-2008 Vermont:

FAIRLEE - A Bethel man who was to stand trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a child has apparently committed suicide, police said.

On Tuesday, Frank C. Taplin, 59, was found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a roadside pull-off on Route 244 near Lake Fairlee, police said.

The incident is still under investigation but there are no signs of foul play and Taplin’s death is being treated as a suicide, police said. Police did not say if Taplin had left a suicide note.

In March 2007, Taplin was charged with aggravated sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. A jury draw was scheduled for Taplin’s trial for April 10. ..more.. by Staff

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