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San Diego officer facing underage sex charges found dead

August 6, 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego police sergeant charged with seeking sex from a minor has been found dead after failing to show for a court hearing.

Police say Sgt. Joseph Ruvido missed Monday’s arraignment and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police went to his Carmel Valley home and found the 49-year-old dead.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit says Ruvido died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ruvido, a 21-year police veteran, was arrested last month following an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip.

He was suspended from duty without pay and faced charges of arranging a meeting with a minor with sexual intent and attempting lewd acts on a minor between the ages of 14 and 15.

Authorities haven’t said whether the alleged crimes involved an actual minor or an undercover officer.

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