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Former Emery County sheriff's captain facing sex abuse charges commits suicide

3-11-2011 Utah:

FERRON, Emery County — A 74-year-old former Emery County sheriff's captain was found dead in his home Wednesday afternoon, within a month of being charged with sexual abuse.

David F. Owens, of Ferron, was charged in 7th District Court with four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and was scheduled for a status conference on those charges Tuesday, deputy Emery County attorney Brent Langston said.

Langston said the charges, which were filed Feb. 9, have been dismissed in light of the man's death, which came as the result of "an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Owens retired from the sheriff's office in 2000. It is alleged that the abuse took place between 1997 and 2007. Langston said the victim came forward only recently.

In addition to the felony charges, Owens had been struggling with health issues, Langston said.

"He was pretty much bed-ridden." ..Source.. by DEseret News

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