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NC- Suspect in Johnson City park sex sting kills himself

10-2-2007 North Carolina:

JOHNSON CITY — Less than 24 hours after Johnson City police announced charges against dozens of men allegedly involved in sex acts at city parks, one of those accused is believed to have killed himself.

A resident of Newland, N.C., 55-year-old Jerry McCloud, reportedly was found dead inside his home around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities told a source in Avery County, N.C., that McCloud died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body reportedly was found by a family member.

McCloud had been scheduled to appear in Washington County Sessions Court on Tuesday to answer to charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

He was one of 40 men charged in a two-week undercover investigation conducted by Johnson City police last month at Winged Deer and Buffalo Mountain parks.

Authorities said Monday their investigation into the inappropriate sexual behavior is far from over.

As news of the sting hit newspapers and local television stations Tuesday, undercover investigators arrested yet another man allegedly looking for sex at a park.

According to reports, an officer was conducting surveillance at Buffalo Mountain Park around 1 p.m. Tuesday when Clifford Deloach, 44, 2819 Emory Lane, approached him and asked him to engage in sexual activity.

Deloach allegedly led the officer to an area frequently used for such activity, and the pair made plans to engage in sex.

At that time, Deloach was issued a citation charging him with disorderly conduct.

All of the men charged in the recent sting are no longer allowed to visit any city park, police said. ..News Source.. by Kristen Swing

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