A Utah man who allegedly faked his own death after being charged with sexual assault turned himself in, police said.
Ted Lee Whitehead, 37, walked into the sheriff’s office on April Fool’s Day and told officers that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from April 2016, KSL-TV reported.
Whitehead’s charges were for rape and rape of a child, court records said. Though he was arrested at the time, he posted bail and was released from jail. Soon after, he told his mother that he was going to kill himself by jumping off a bridge.
Police found his car, sandals, and a bottle of whiskey at the edge of the river, a search warrant affidavit said, but after an extensive search of the river, police couldn’t find Whitehead’s body.
Later that year, in November, a laptop computer was mailed to the victim’s house. A letter that accompanied the laptop said it was a gift from Google, but the letter was filled with grammatical errors, and police discovered the laptop was filled with child porn and a faked journal.
"The journal entries contain very graphic sexual writing stating how the victim was in love with [Whitehead] and how she always wanted to have sex with the suspect and how she misses him," Detective Darrin Yates wrote in a sworn court statement.
"It is believed [Whitehead] wrote the journal entries and downloaded the child porn to frame the victim," he added.
Whitehead is currently being held without bail. A call to the official handling the case at the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office was not answered.
[Image: Duchesne County Sheriff]
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