Alleged Ohio child rapist on run for 15 years commits suicide in Adams County Jail


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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — An inmate who was facing child rape charges in Ohio after being on the run for 15 years committed suicide on Sunday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

David Skelly, who was being held at the Adams County Detention Facility on $1 million bond, was found unresponsive in his cell. Lifesaving efforts initiated by sheriff’s staff and a Platte Valley Ambulance crew were unsuccessful.

Skelly had been wanted in Toledo, Ohio, since 2001 on charges he repeatedly molested and raped an 11-year-old girl over the course of eight months. He was accused of eight counts of rape on a girl younger than 13 years old.

Skelly was arrested Feb. 26 at the Residence Inn in Westminster where he was working under the name Herman Maurice Singleton, according to the U.S. Marshal’s office.

He was also profiled on “America’s Most Wanted” several times and was presumed dead at one time. It was not known how long Skelly had been in Colorado before his arrest.




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