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Suicide jumper was target of sex crimes inquiry

8-25-2010 Florida:

The man who jumped to his death from the 21st floor of a downtown West Palm Beach office building last week was under investigation by a sex crimes task force, authorities and his employer told Page Two.

Brett Hall, 24, who was buried Tuesday in Valhalla, N.Y., was questioned by members of the Palm Beach County Sexual Predator Enforcement Task Force about two hours before he committed suicide Thursday.

The secretive Boca-based unit is made up of detectives from the state attorney's office, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach police, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Through advanced data-mining techniques, the group investigates mainly child porn distributed via the Internet.

A spokeswoman for the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where Hall worked as an accountant, said detectives served a search warrant at Hall's work station about 9 a.m. Carole Boucard, the resort's director of public relations, said she didn't know what the investigators were looking for. A source close to the probe told me they mainly searched Hall's work computer.

A resort employee described how Hall was walked to his car by hotel security after the detectives left. He was stripped of his employee ID and sent on his way.

Boucard couldn't confirm that, but said Hall was not fired.

Uniformed Boca cops, meanwhile, were dispatched to Hall's apartment off Palmetto Park Road, according to Boca PD spokeswoman Sandra Boonenberg. The officers, however, never made contact with Hall there. ..Source.. by Jose Lambiet

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