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.

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