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IL- Suicide victim was being investigated for sexual assault

6-9-2006 Illinois:

A Streator man found hanging from a tree in a backyard Tuesday was a registered sex offender and under investigation for two recent sexual assaults.

Jeffery Delehanty, 26, of Long Point, was found dead 8 a.m. Tuesday in a yard in the 700 block of South Otter Creek Street, victim of an apparent suicide. Earlier that day, Streator police received two separate reports of alleged sexual assault against juvenile girls, in which Delehanty was identified as the suspect, said Streator police investigator Sgt. Deon Gotch.

One of the alleged incidents happened between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, involving a 15-year-old girl. The other incident allegedly happened May 28 in Livingston County and involved a 9-year-old girl.

According to Illinois State Police's sex offender information Web site, Delehanty was a registered sex offender convicted of two counts of criminal sexual assault against a victim under age 18 in La Salle County. ..more.. by CRAIG WIECZORKIEWICZ

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