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Inmate charged with child sex assault found dead in cell

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An inmate at the Contra Costa County jail in Richmond was found dead of an apparent suicide Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said. Enrique Pina, 72, of Walnut Creek was found around 1:40 p.m. hanging by a bedsheet attached to his bunk.

Sheriff’s officials said Pina was in jail after being arrested Sept. 24, 2018, on suspicion of sex offenses against a child. Pina was charged three days later by county prosecutors and was being held on $4.8 million bail.

Pina was suffering from a terminal illness, according the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s officials said Pina was evaluated in September by a mental health clinician and was cleared to remain in the module where he was staying.

Contra Costa Health Services was monitoring Pina.

Pina was formerly a groundskeeper at Palmer School near Walnut Creek. The female victim was not a student at the school.

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