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Police sergeant kills himself after being caught having sex with 15-year-old girl

By Mason White 5:35 PM August 23, 2015
Joel Doseau 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A police sergeant was found dead in his home after committing suicide following allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that 43-year-old Joel Doseau of Brooklyn, was found dead in his home by a relative.

The family member went to his house because he had not heard from him for a few days. The officer inhaled gas fumes and died from asphyxiation.

Doseau was arrested earlier this month, on charges of rape and sexual abuse. He had worked for the New York Police Department for 12 years before being arrested.

According to the police investigation, Doseau met the girl on the Internet and asked her to send him sexually explicit photos.

The girl was 14 years old at the time. The two began a sexual relationship when she turned 15 years old. The sexual relationship continued until the girl was 17 years old.

Doseau was charged with four counts of rape. Doseau pleaded not guilty at the Brooklyn Supreme Court. The police department suspended Doseau after the allegations were made public.