Inmate found dead in Santa Clara jail: sheriff

An inmate at the Santa Clara County Main Jail has died, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies said the unnamed 65-year-old died by possible suicide Thursday.

The man was arrested Tuesday for alleged aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Elmwood Jail deputies were performing welfare checks just after 2 p.m. when they found the man unresponsive in his single cell


The man was taken to a local hospital by officials where he was pronounced dead shortly before 3 p.m.

Santa Clara Sheriff officials said the name of the inmate is being held until next of kin is notified. 

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