Suspected Child Rapist Found Dead on the Same Day He Was Set to Be Arraigned on 14 Charges

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A Spokane County man who was set to be arraigned on 14 charges of child rape was found dead inside his home last week on the same day he was scheduled to appear in court.

Authorities are currently investigating the death as a likely suicide.

According to reports, the suspect, identified as Patrick “Joseph” Cabeza, 61, was accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to drug multiple boys over the past year, several outlets reported.

(Reports vary as to the number of victims, with some saying two and others, three. Based on the charges pending against Cabeza at the time of his death, three seems to be the more likely number. The children’s ages were not provided.)

The investigation began after one of the victims reported the alleged abuse to his mother just before Christmas, KXLY reported after Cabeza’a Feb. 16 arrest. She then called authorities, who arrested him. He posted bond almost immediately, the outlet reported.

The charges against Cabeza included three counts of child rape, five counts of child molestation, three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of second-degree assault, according to The Spokane Spokesman-Review.

The boys told investigators that they had found “red or purple pills in their wings and pizza,” which Cabeza later took himself, telling the boys that they were “candy.”

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