A Utah State Prison inmate died Monday morning in an apparent suicide.
Frederick Ivan White, 65, was found unconscious and unresponsive when White’s roommate told prison officials that something was wrong — he couldn’t open his cell door and White didn’t answer when his name was called.
There was paper covering a window in the cell door, and when prison officers knocked it loose, they were able to see White, who had hung himself from the top bunk, according to a statement released by the Utah Department of Corrections.
After officers tried to perform CPR on the inmate, White was taken to the prison infirmary, where he was ultimately pronounced dead.
The circumstances surrounding White’s apparent suicide remain under investigation by the Unified Police Department, and the state’s Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine how White died, according to prison officials.
White had been in prison since Dec. 31, 2013, on a parole violation, prison spokeswoman Brooke Adams said.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child in 2002. After nine years behind bars, he was paroled in March 2011.
White was re-incarcerated in December after new allegations of sex abuse surfaced, Adams said.
A little more than a week ago, White went before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. They rejected his request to be placed back on parole.
He was scheduled to appear before the board again in June 2016.
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