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Transgender suspect accused of molesting autistic children at therapy center found dead in jail
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Transgender suspect accused of molesting autistic children at therapy center found dead in jail

A transgender individual accused of molesting young autistic children was found dead in jail, according to police in Indiana.

Leomeir Kennedy was found unconscious in a jail cell at around 9:32 a.m. on Friday, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. CPR was performed on Kennedy, but medics pronounced Kennedy dead at the Johnson County Jail.

The sheriff's office said no foul play is suspected in Kennedy's death. WTHR reported that Kennedy suffered from cardiac arrest, according to the coroner's office.

The coroner's office will be conducting an autopsy and toxicology test. There is currently an investigation into the transgender inmate's death.

In April, Kennedy was charged with child molestation and possession of child pornography.

Kennedy allegedly molested at least three children at the Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center in Greenwood – where Kennedy worked as a licensed behavior technician.

As TheBlaze previously reported, "Kennedy had allegedly admitted the assaults to a spiritual advisor, who then encouraged her to confess to the parents of her first victim: a 1-year-old girl whom Kennedy regularly babysat in 2017. Kennedy reportedly molested the girl once while changing her diaper."

Kenney was accused of molesting two autistic children – one nonverbal and one semi-verbal.

Investigators purportedly discovered child pornography on Kennedy's cell phone and laptop.

WXIN previously reported, "A search of Kennedy’s electronics reportedly found a search on DuckDuckGo of a '13-year-old gang raped' and two sexual images of very young children he received from someone on the Whispr app."

In July, a mother of one of the alleged victims filed a lawsuit against Kennedy and the therapy center.

The lawsuit accuses the Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center of being "careless and negligent" for failing to protect the young girl from "sexual, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse."

Kennedy allegedly claimed to have been molested as a child and sought counseling from a spiritual advisor to remove "snakes and shadows."

Kennedy – originally from Vancouver, Washington – was reportedly a biological female using testosterone.

Kennedy was supposed to go to trial in July, but it was rescheduled to September.

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