A Cedar Rapids man who pleaded guilty in a sex abuse case in 2004 has died seven years into his 10-year sentence.
A Tuesday release from the Iowa Department of Corrections said Claude T. Middlebrooks, 31, was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility on Oct. 18.
Though responding officers and medical personnel were implemented immediately, Middlebrooks was later pronounced dead at Trinity Regional Hospital, the release said.
A cause of death has not yet been determined, and the results of an autopsy may not be known for four to six weeks, the release said. The incident remains under investigation.
Middlebrooks was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2006 for three counts of third-degree sexual abuse involving two 12-year-old girls and one 15-year-old girl.