A Missouri middle school teacher jailed for allegedly grooming and raping a 14-year-old student was found dead in his prison cell.
30-year-old Brandon Holbrook was found unresponsive in his cell at the St. Louis County Jail on Monday, KTLA reported.
The sudden death is apparently a mystery, according to local reports.
KMOX News reported Holbrook was transported to and pronounced dead at the hospital.
There was no evidence of drug use or trauma, investigators reportedly said.
Investigators reportedly say that there is no evidence of drug use or trauma and that an autopsy is set to be performed.
The school teacher was jailed on Sept. 16 and faced charges for the rape of a female student from Bernard Middle School, where he was substitute teaching.
The teacher allegedly groomed the young teenage girl over social media before raping her on at least three separate occasions at her home.
Holbrook faced six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and three counts of second-degree statutory rape.
Meanwhile, other victims have come forward with similar allegations against Holbrook, St. Louis County Police Sgt. Tracy Panus said.
Holbrook was found unresponsive in an upright position and did not respond when addressed.
Jail staff entered the cell to check on him, and after they saw he was unresponsive, they began CPR and administered Narcan, a drug used to save people from drug overdoses, according to local reports.
Holbrook’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that his client’s death “seems very unusual.”
“I know for a fact he was not suicidal,” Rosenblum reportedly said.
Holbrook is reportedly the third inmate to die at the St. Louis County Justice Center this year alone.
An autopsy will attempt to determine the 30-year-old’s cause of death.