Authorities investigate child rape suspect’s death

David Piersol (Photo/Tri-County Jail)
David Piersol (Photo/Tri-County Jail)

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a central Ohio child rape suspect who died several days after being hospitalized following a jail assault.

A report by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5 at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

The 39-year-old Piersol died early Friday morning at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Records show Piersol was indicted in February in Union County on charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition alleging assaults on a child last October.

Court records show Piersol was on life support after the assault.

Messages were left for lawyers listed as Piersol’s attorneys. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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