A Chico State professor emeritus died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday after being arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor two days before.
Robert Britton, 73, shot himself in the head with a .38 caliber handgun in an orchard near Meridian Road after being released from jail on bond, said Lt. Allen Smith of the Butte County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. Police found his body some distance away from his car with the gun and a suicide note at 3 p.m. Friday.
Britton had been arrested at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, following an interview with police, Chico Police Sgt. Scott Franssen said. Britton was released on bonds Wednesday night.
Franssen declined to comment on other facts surrounding the arrest out of concern for the suspected victim’s privacy.
Britton, a former computer science professor, taught at Chico State until 2008 as a part-time professor in the school’s faculty early retirement program, said Joe Wills, director of public affairs and publications. Wills declined to comment on the allegations against Britton.
Mike Ward, the dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management didn’t know Britton well during his time at Chico State, he said. Ward only saw Britton occasionally but was upset at the news of his arrest.
“It’s a sad, sad state of affairs,” he said. ..Source.. by The Orion