By The Daily Caller. A California teacher who was on trial for allegedly molesting five students was found dead Wednesday from an apparent suicide.
David Michael Bruce, 68, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles, The Orange County Registrar reported. Officials believe Bruce took his life pending an autopsy to determine the official cause of the death, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun. . .
Bruce taught at Sycamore Junior High School in Anaheim, California, and retired in 2010, according to The AP. . .
Bruce allegedly admitted to performing lewd acts with male students during a phone call police arranged with a victim, The Registrar reported. Police also found erotic photos of young boys in Bruce’s home. . .
Bruce faced a possible life sentence if convicted, but the case was dismissed after his death. The retired drama teacher was arrested in 2015 and charged eight felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 and two felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15 after the sister of one of the alleged victims came forward. (Read more from “California Teacher Teacher Accused of Molesting Children Dead in Apparent Suicide” HERE)
Ex-California Teacher, Former Mt. Pleasant Teacher, Dead on Last Day of Trial
By Morning Sun. A former Mt. Pleasant teacher and graduate, retired after a long career in California, apparently killed himself Wednesday while facing trial for molesting five students, the Associated Press reported.
Closing arguments were scheduled that day but David Michael Bruce, 68, did not show up in court.
He was found dead in his home in an unincorporated area of Anaheim south of Los Angeles.
“He was discovered by a friend or another individual, and they called law enforcement,” Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.
Bruce was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School who taught art at Rosebush Elementary and Mt Pleasant High School from 1972 to 1979. (Read more from “Ex-California Teacher, Former Mt. Pleasant Teacher, Dead on Last Day of Trial” HERE)