Country singer Daniel Lee Martin committed suicide in his Florida home as he faced child sex abuse charges back in Tennessee, according to authorities.
Deputies at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office found Martin, 54, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday as they attempted to serve him multiple warrants stemming from the charges, a spokesperson at the sheriff’s office told People.
“Martin did not respond to attempts to make contact with him,” the sheriff’s office said. “The [SWAT team] was called in to assist as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others. When deputies made entry to the residence, they discovered Martin deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Martin was arrested last month after a female minor told police Martin masturbated in front of her and showed her pornographic images on several occasions when she slept over at his house, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Deputies were attempting to serve warrants that included three counts of sexual exploitation on a minor; three counts of aggravated sexual battery; two counts of committing an aggravated sexual battery and one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child, according to the spokesperson.
The singer had been accused of similar acts before: he was indicted back in Williamson County, Tenn., in 2018 on charges that he sexually assaulted three children under the age of 13 from 2014 through January 2018, the Tennessean reported. His trial was scheduled for next month.
The singer began his career back in 1997, opening for stars like Willie Nelson and Vince Gill. He released the album “All That I Am” in 2004 and followed it up with “On My Way to You” in 2007. He also appeared as a host on the Sportsman Channel for the shows “Brotherhood Outdoors” and “Backstage and Backroads.”
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