EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Authorities say a jail inmate in southwestern Illinois’ Madison County has hanged himself.
Illinois State Police say the body of 55-year-old Kenneth Simpson was found before dawn Thursday. He hanging from a piece of cloth tied to the bars of his cell door. That discovery came just 18 minutes after a guard checked on Simpson and found nothing wrong.
Simpson was awaiting trial on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated unlawful restraint. Those felonies related to a 2011 Maryville police investigation.
Prosecutors on Wednesday accused him of trying to arrange for someone to kidnap a female witness against him.
Sheriff Robert Hertz says Simpson never gave authorities an indication he would harm himself.
Simpson was convicted in 2000 of sexually attacking a 7-year-old child.
News 4 has a policy to not report suicides, but made an exception in this case because the man was a convicted criminal already in custody.
Associated Press contributed to this report.