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Sheriff: Accused sex abuser kills herself in Linn County Jail

Tina Ketcham was found hanging in her jail cell around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 5:26 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2020 5:27 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- An Albany woman accused of sexually abusing a minor died from an apparent suicide this morning in the Linn County Jail.

Sheriff Jim Yon said Tina Ketcham, 40, was found hanging in her cell around 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Deputies tried life-saving measures but Ketcham died on the scene.

Ketcham was booked into the jail on Feb. 25, charged with 15 sex crimes, including six counts of rape, two counts of sex abuse, one count of sodomy, and other crimes.

On Monday she pleaded not guilty.

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