- The 30-year-old former substitute teacher was found unresponsive in his cell at a jail in St. Louis County, Missouri, on Monday
- Prison officials reportedly saw no signs of drug use or signs of suicide in his cell
- The man was accused of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl at her home at least three times
A 30-year-old former Missouri substitute teacher was found dead in his cell Monday, a week after he was accused of raping a 14-year-old student, officials said.
Brandon Holbrook, of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged with three counts of rape and six counts of statutory sodomy, KMOV reported. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department announced his arrest on September 19.
He was found unresponsive in his cell at the St. Louis County Justice Center Monday afternoon.
Holbrook was alone in his jail cell and sitting up on the bed with his headphones on when guards realized something was wrong, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
When Holbrooke allegedly did not respond to orders to stand up, a prison guard entered his cell and discovered the defendant unconscious.
Holbrook’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, is demanding an investigation.
“I know he wasn’t suicidal,” the lawyer was quoted as saying.
The cause of death has not been determined, but prison officials reportedly saw no signs of drug use or signs of suicide in his cell.
Police said Holbrook was a former substitute teacher in the Mehlville School District in St. Louis County, Missouri. He initially met the 14-year-old victim at Bernard Middle School, one of the schools where he was applying, according to the department.
Holbrook allegedly began grooming the victim through social media platforms and exchanging messages and photos in May, according to authorities.
Police alleged Holbrook visited the victim’s home on three separate occasions and raped her each time.
Holbrook allegedly threatened the young woman not to tell anyone about what happened.
A friend of the victim later brought his concerns to a Mehlville School District counselor on Sept. 12.
District administrators filed a report with the Division of Children’s Services in compliance with Missouri law and contacted St. Louis County police. Louis.
Holbrook was soon arrested and booked into the St. Louis County Justice Center.
When police announced his arrest, officers believed there were other victims.
The Mehlville school district said in a letter to parents that Holbrook had not worked in Mehlville schools during the 2022-2023 school year. He reportedly worked at the district’s middle and high schools, Forder Elementary School and At Home (virtual program) between February 2021 and May of this year.