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Man on trial in teen sex-abuse case kills himself in Coquille

5-23-2012 Wisconsin:

COQUILLE — The Coos Bay man who was standing trial for sex abuse against a 14-year-old committed suicide early Wednesday.

The Coos County Sheriff’s office confirmed that Reuben E. Downs, 29, died of a gunshot wound to the head around 10 a.m. near a creek behind a property on the 50 block of West Fifth Street.

The sheriff’s office said Downs shot himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, and his body was found up against a tree. Police said Down’s mother and brother in-law were in the house near the creek at the time of the suicide and that no suicide note was found.

Downs was on trial for nine counts of second-degree sex abuse and was suspected of having an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. ..Source.. by Tyler Richardson

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