by Kevin Gould
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A man jailed on charges of sexual assault stemming from an alleged attack on a young woman in a downtown church was found dead in his cell Wednesday morning.
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While it’s sad to hear of a suicide, in the wilds of the world there be monsters, and while I feel for his family, it is perhaps a small mercy that he took care of the problem of his own existence.
He wasn’t yet found guilty, was he?
Had there been a psych evaluation?
As far as I know he was being held waiting for trial. CTV’s report notes that he was a convicted sex offender so authorities may have relied on an existing file rather than re-evaluating him. I’m lucky enough not to know the exact details of how it works.
A convicted sex offender who dragged a woman off the street into a church basement to assualt her. A good example of how effective “long term supervision” is at protecting the public vs keeping criminals in jail.
The CTV item says Jost was “part of a rehabilitation program at the church” which makes me wonder how that bit works. Are churches really allowed or expected to “reform” sex offenders?
@michel, @kate – I was referring to this: “Corrections authorities said Jost was under a long-term supervision order that started on May 8, 2008 following a third federal sentence of six years and six months for sexual assault, forcible confinement and disguise with intent.” Whether he was in fact “guilty” is secondary to that, but in any case it’s hard to imagine how he wouldn’t be guilty as the young lady he forcibly abducted and sexually assaulted is pretty damning evidence, wouldn’t you say?
That’s the whole point of a trial and to the care taken to write “alleged” and so forth in reports. But the man had form, so that adds to a presumption of guilt.
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