(Photo Credit: Anaheim Police Department/KTLA)

A retired drama teacher in California, who was on trial for molesting boys, was found dead in his home Wednesday. That’s the same day closing arguments in his trial were scheduled to begin, the Orange County District Attorney said in a Facebook post.


According to KTLA, David Michael Bruce, 68, faced eight felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 and two felony counts of lews acts on a child age 14 or 15.

Bruce failed to show up for closing arguments on the 11th day of his trial. He was found dead inside his home.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told KTLA the cause of death is under investigation, but suicide is suspected.

Bruce worked as a drama teacher at Sycamore Junior High School in Anaheim until he retired in 2010. The school employed him as a substitute teacher through 2013, KTLA reported.

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