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Inmate Commits Suicide at Spartanburg County Jail

8:29 PM, Apr 27, 2008   |    comments
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- A man at the Spartanburg County jail has committed suicide by hanging himself with a mattress cover. Authorities say 31-year-old Gerald Keith Tessnear was found dead Saturday afternoon, a day after he was booked on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Jail Director Larry Powers says Tessnear was being kept in a cell by himself and was found when guards did a head count. Police say Tessnear was arrested after the father of a 13-year-old boy told investigators his son told him that Tessnear fondled him two years ago. Powers says Tessnear is the second inmate to kill himself since the county's opened its current jail in 1994.

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