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Hanging death in jail investigated

1-19-2011 Ohio:

The Franklin County sheriff's office is investigating the death of an inmate found hanging in his cell at the Downtown jail last month.

Paul J. Moore, 29, died at Grant Medical Center about an hour after he was discovered Dec. 29 hanging from a bedsheet. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said her office is reviewing the case, but the death is likely to be ruled a suicide.

Moore was a convicted sex offender awaiting trial for failing to report a change of address, according to Franklin County Common Pleas Court records. Court documents listed his address as Hebron Road in Newark. He had been held at the jail since Aug. 31.

Chief Deputy Steve Martin said Moore was in a single cell and was not on a suicide watch. An incident report indicates that the hanging occurred between 2:01 and 3:39 p.m. He died in the hospital at 4:30 p.m., Gorniak said.

Martin said the internal investigation will determine whether employees followed jail policies and procedures.

Moore pleaded guilty to sexual battery involving an adult female in 2000, was sentenced to four years in prison and was required to register as a sex offender after his release. He was sent back to prison in 2005 and 2008 for failing to notify the sheriff's office when he changed addresses. ..Source.. by John Futty

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