A psychologist from Pullman, Washington was found dead in his jail cell Sunday night as he was being held on sexual assault charges.
Officers at Whitman County Jail found Dean Funabiki, 67, lifeless and hanging from a bed frame in his jail cell Sunday night.
Funabiki turned himself in on second-degree rape charges Friday evening.
Second-degree rape covers occurrences where the victim is the patient of a health care provider and the culprit is the provider.
A woman in her 40s reported Funabiki to the police after the alleged assault. DNA tests collected from the woman matched Funabiki, leading the filing of charges.
Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said that his office would work with the coroner’s office to investigate Funabiki’s exact cause of death. Myers added that Funabiki was not on suicide watch. Funabiki was due in court on Monday.
According the Pullman Police Department, the assault took place during a treatment session.
The collected samples ‘positively matched Funabiki’s DNA to victim swabs collected from private areas of the victim’s body consistent with the reported sexual assault,’ police said in a statement.
First responders tried life-saving procedures on Funabiki, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later, according to the Washington Post.
Funabiki had been a practicing therapist in Washington State since 1978. He’d owned his own practice, Funabiki and Associates, since 1981.