A therapist in Washington state who had been accused of raping a patient was found dead in his jail cell.
Correctional officers found Dean Funabiki, 67, unresponsive in his cell over the weekend.
The doctor was hanging from the bed in his cell. A sheet had been used for the hanging.
Despite lifesaving efforts, Funabiki was soon pronounced dead.
“At this time, investigators from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office will be working jointly with the Whitman County Coroner’s Office to determine cause and manner of death. This investigation is ongoing,” Brett Myers, with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, told KXLY.
Funabiki, who had an office in Pullman, was arrested on Friday after a female client came forward and accused him of sexual assault.
Funabiki turned himself in to police.
According to Myers, Funabiki was not on suicide watch, nor were there any signs that he was suicidal. The last suicide reported at the Whitman County Jail was over a decade ago, according to The Spokesman-Review.
Investigators used swabs collected from the victim during a sexual assault examination and compared them to DNA samples collected from Funabiki through a search warrant.
The samples positively matched, reported The Spokesman-Review.
Funabiki faced a second-degree rape charge and was slated to appear in court on Monday.
His website has been updated to state, “Dr. Funabiki is no longer accepting new clients.”