Inmate Facing Sex Charges Hangs Himself

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) _ Authorities say a man facing sexual assault charges for alleged attacks on two children is dead after apparently hanging himself in his cell at the Franklin County jail.

Franklin County Sheriff Craig Davis said 38-year-old Eddie Ray Brannan of Ottawa was found Monday while detention officers were serving lunch. He said Brannan was alone in his cell.

The sheriff said Brannan was taken into custody Thursday by Ottawa Police on suspicion of rape and indecent liberties with a child.

Prosecutors charged him with four counts of rape and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a 6-year-old, and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a 4-year-old. Court documents show the alleged incidents took place between July 1, 2007, and Thursday.

Brannan had his first court appearance Monday morning.

The case is being investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which investigates all in-custody deaths in Kansas, with assistance from the police and sheriff's departments.

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