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Inmate found hanged in Sacramento jail cell had been charged with sexual assault

Jonathan Carroll
Jonathan Carroll Sacramento Bee file

A 34-year-old inmate who was found dead in his cell earlier this month at Sacramento County jail has been identified by the county coroner as Jonathan Carroll, 34, of Sacramento.

A sheriff’s deputy conducting an hourly check of inmates at 4:15 a.m. Jan. 6 noticed Carroll in his cell. It appeared that Carroll fashioned a piece of his blanket into a ligature, which he placed around his neck, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Deputies immediately entered the cell to remove the ligature. Deputies and jail medical staff tried to revive Carroll but were unsuccessful.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Carroll was booked into jail Dec. 23, 2015, on suspicion of sexual assault, including rape, after a Sacramento police investigation that linked him to five victims, according to a Police Department news release.

In July 2013, Sacramento police received reports of alleged sexual assaults that occurred in the Sacramento region. During the investigation, detectives discovered that Carroll met a number of young women, ages 17 to 19, using an online social networking forum. At the time of his arrest, Carroll was suspected of sexually assaulting five victims over a period of three years, according to police.

In a May interview after his arrest, Carroll told Sacramento’s KCRA that his sexual relationships with women he met online were consensual. He said his behavior began during a rough point in his marriage.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews