YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a former Yakima County sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty in March to assault and rape has died in jail from an apparent suicide.
Chief of Detectives Stew Graham told the Yakima Herald-Republic Sunday that 37-year-old Sean Moore was found hanging in his cell Saturday night. Graham says authorities are investigating his death as a probable suicide.
Moore pleaded guilty March 11 to first- and second-degree assault as well as third-degree rape and burglary. He faced more than 10 years in prison. He resigned from the sheriff’s office the day before his plea.
He was accused in October of entering the home of a woman he knew and assaulting her and a male friend. The woman reported that he returned later that same day and forced her to perform a sex act.
Moore had been kept away from the jail’s general population and was alone in his cell.
An autopsy is set for Monday.