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Drugs may have caused death of Richard Adams, man who stopped teen from sexually assaulting boy

Posted: 11:02 AM, Apr 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-24 11:32:35-04
Richard Adams

EASTLAKE, Ohio — Police found evidence of drug use, including a rolled-up $20 bill, white powder and a pill, at the scene where 20-year-old Richard Adams was found dead Monday night, according to a police report released Wednesday. Adams made national headlines when he was arrested for attacking a teen he allegedly caught molesting a 5-year-old boy last month.

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On Monday, Adams’ girlfriend told police that he complained of feeling ill and then went to the basement to sleep, according to an Eastlake police report. Adams’ girlfriend checked on him about an hour later and heard him snoring. When she checked on him a second time, his lips had turned blue and he wasn’t breathing.

The police report states that when officers went into the basement, they found a rolled up $20 bill with white residue in it and a white powdery substance. They also found an off-white pill that had been broken in half.

Adams was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

Last month, Adams made national headlines when he was arrested on felony charges for attacking a 17-year-old he allegedly caught in a sexual act with a child.

The 17-year-old was also arrested. The teen has been charged with multiple counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

A GoFundMe set up for Adams’ legal bills raised tens of thousands of dollars.

Adams later took a plea deal and the felony charge was changed to a misdemeanor and he was placed in a first-offender diversion program.

Eastlake Police Chief Larry Reik said it did not appear there was any foul play involved in Adams's death.


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