A SUBSTITUTE teacher has been found dead in his jail cell after he was accused of raping his 14-year-old student multiple times.
Brandon Holbrook, 30, from St. Louis, Missouri, was found sitting in an upright position on Monday.
Only half an hour before, at around 3.15pm, prison officials checked on Holbrook and said he was fine.
Once the staff found him unconscious with his headphones in they tried to perform life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful.
Officials gave Holbrook CPR and administered Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Doug Moore, spokesman for County Executive Sam Page, said that Narcan is usually administered to unresponsive inmates because “drug use is prevalent among those who come into our care.”
Holbrook died shortly after he was taken to Barnes-Jewish hospital.
There were no signs of trauma to his body and the staff is unsure if he died from a drug overdose.
However, an autopsy will be performed and his death is still under investigation.
Holbrook was placed in the St. Louis County Jail after he was charged with raping his former student three times.
Since he has been charged, two more accusers have stepped forward, police said.
The former middle school teacher allegedly groomed the girl online after finding her on social media.
He then went to her house on three separate occasions and raped her each time.
“Holbrook had met with a mental health case worker earlier that day, and he was fine,” Moore said.
There was “nothing in his cell indicating he injured himself at all.”
Moore added: “We just don’t know what happened.”
Holbrook’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said he “knows for a fact” his client was not suicidal and called his death “very unusual.”
“We had been speaking with him and he was very logical and he was cogent, coherent and participating in his defense,” Rosenblum said.
“Under the circumstances, he was optimistic and upbeat. He was still enjoying very close family ties.”
Moore said prison officials are checking Holbrook’s tablet to see if he made any calls or emails before his death that might help them understand what happened.
Each inmate is given a tablet to talk with family and case workers, according to Moore.
Holbrook was in a quarantine cell was he was discovered as he was waiting for a second negative COVID test result before reentering the general prison population.
He was due for his preliminary hearing in two weeks after being charged with three counts of second-degree statutory rape and six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy.