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Teacher accused of sexually abusing boy kills himself just before judge calls mistrial

By Mason White 1:46 PM April 29, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A teacher who was accused of sexually assaulting a young boy, committed suicide outside a courthouse.

The music teacher of New Hampshire, who was accused of molesting the 11-year-old boy, committed suicide a few hours before the judge called a mistrial.

75-year-old John Goodwin shot himself outside the Rockingham County Superior Courthouse while waiting for the jury to return with their verdict.

While the jury was deliberating, Goodwin walked out to his car and shot himself in the chest. He was taken to a hospital, but died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound after arriving.

Goodwin was on trial after pleading not guilty to claims that he sexually assaulted the 11-year-old male student numerous times.

The allegedly victim, who is now 24, told prosecutors that he did not come forward earlier because he was embarrassed by the sexual abuse he suffered.

The jury was not told that Goodwin committed suicide before they told the judge that they could not reach a verdict.

The jury had been deliberating for about two hours before the judge declared the mistrial.