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Oklahoma man arrested for lewd acts with a child found dead in jail cell

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Dale Schmidt Credit: Oklahoma County Jail

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma man who was arrested for lewd acts with a child was found dead in his cell at the Oklahoma County Jail.

Police arrested 58-year-old Dale Schmidt after a 13-year-old neighbor said Schmidt attempted to molest him inside his home.

The victim told police he went to Schmidt’s home and that Schmidt allegedly began tickling his stomach and his upper thigh area.

“[Victim] said [Schmidt] pulled him back on the bed and [victim] said [Schmidt] kept saying, ‘Let’s see if he is a big boy,” the arrest affidavit alleges.

The victim was able to run to his home, and his father called police.

On Sunday evening, guards found Schmidt hanging inside his jail cell.

Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say he was the only inmate in his cell and his manner of death has been ruled a suicide.