Jail inmate hangs self

A Belmont County Jail inmate, charged with sex crimes, died at a Pittsburgh hospital after he hanged himself in the lockup on Tuesday, officials said.

James Chaplin, 52, was in jail on charges of two counts of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition and two counts of corrupting another with drugs.

He was reportedly still alive when authorities found him hanging at the jail. He was transported to East Ohio Regional Hospital then airlifted by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died.

Investigators said they had traced Chaplin’s alleged victims back to the 1970s. They said the alleged incidents all involved boys, and the acts happened in different states and a foreign country.

Chaplin had an initial appearance in Eastern Division Court in November and his bond was set at $1 million.