An Airman in San Antonio awaiting transfer to military prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a child died in a detention facility at Joint Base San Antonio last week, and authorities are looking for answers.
Robert Dean Brice, a 24-year-old Airman was “found unresponsive” in his cell and later pronounced dead at Brooke Army Medical Center, according to spokesperson major Kim Bender.
Astoundingly, the death is the first in the history of the detention facility, which was opened in 1999.
Brice, who was sentenced to eight years in military prison during a trial at Goodfellow AFB last year, was reduced to to Airman Basic and convicted on two counts of sexual assault of a child, four counts of sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual abuse of a child and possession of child pornography.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Brice was dishonorably discharged.
Brice was initially charged with online solicitation of a minor under 14, and admitted in conversation that he had previously had sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, commander of Joint Base San Antonio, ordered the Lackland confinement facility temporarily closed after Brice was pronounced dead. The base relocated two other prisoners.
Brice was reportedly in a maximum security section of the facility, and the military has yet to disclose whether he died by suicide, murder or other causes.
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