Man accused of sexually abusing student found dead in jail cell

UPDATE: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Stewart Curry was found dead in his jail cell on the morning of July 4. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Original story below:

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man has been indicted on charges he sexually abused two girls, one when he worked as a special education assistant at Newport High School.

The Newport Police Department says it began the investigation more than two years ago, when 61-year-old Stewart Curry was seen leaving a locked storage closet with a 14-year-old female student.

The department later combined efforts with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, which was investigating a report that the Toledo resident sexually abused a girl between June 2007 and June 2011.

Curry was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on charges of rape, sexual abuse and sodomy. Bail was set at $1.5 million. Court records do not list an attorney to speak on his behalf.

© 2017 Associated Press


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