Child sex-assault suspect kills self

An inmate being held on allegations including sexual assault on a child committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell at the Garfield County Jail, authorities said Friday.

Deputies discovered the body of Antonio Delgadillo, 25, during a scheduled inmate security check in the jail’s maximum-security unit just after 2 p.m. Thursday, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Delgadillo wasn’t under any suicide or behavioral watch at the time of the incident, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Delgadillo’s last-known residence was Silt. He was arrested in connection with offenses that Silt police say occurred Feb. 27, according to court records.

Police arrested him on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and kidnapping. The Sheriff’s Department said the allegations involved forcible fondling and kidnap of a minor for purposes of sexual assault. Delgadillo also was accused of misdemeanor child abuse and contempt of court.

Delgadillo appeared in court Wednesday and asked to be represented by a public defender.

He was scheduled to be formally charged Wednesday, but that was delayed until April 14.

Immigration Customs and Enforcement also had put a hold on Delgadillo. He was in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

The news release said the Sheriff’s Department is investigating his death. Sheriff officials could not be reached Friday for further comment on the incident.

At least one other suicide has occurred in recent years at the jail. Timothy James Schilz Jr. hanged himself there in 2007. The incident caused concern for the American Civil Liberties Union because it said Schilz had been on suicide watch at least twice and was mentally ill.


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