A 57-year-old man in a Texas child sexual assault trial drank an undisclosed liquid in a courtroom and died later that day, WFAA informed of Friday.
Edward Peter LeClair of Frisco was facing multiple counts of assault in relation to a single victim, offenses that took place over a two-month period in 2016, Denton County Jail records showed, according to the outlet.He was arrested in 2018, and jury selection began Monday at the Denton County Court Building.
According to First Assistant Attorney Jamie Beck of the Denton County District Attorney’s Office, the jury entered, sat down, and the defendant and his attorney stood up.
Moments later, Judge Lee Gabriel began to read out the verdict, which held that LeClair was guilty on all counts.“During this process he had a bottle of water on the counsel table, and he gulped it down,” Beck recalled, “It wasn’t like he was just taking sips of water.” He was literally throwing it back, so to speak. ,
The man had reportedly not consumed alcohol from the bottle earlier.
LeClair is taken to a holding cell, and an investigator later asks a bailiff to investigate the man as the cause of the incident.
He started looking “gray,” Beck said, but he was alive. LeClair was taken to the hospital, and died there.
are texas rangers investigating The case, Fox 4 reported, and Beck noted that the water bottle was taken as evidence.
in his description In the case of child sexual abuse, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) states, “A child may not consent to any form of sexual activity, period.”
“When a perpetrator engages with a child in this manner, they are committing a crime that can have a lasting impact on the victim for years,” the organization’s website states.
Research has found that “1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys in the United States” Experience child sexual abuse,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).