Ricardo Cruciani, a doctor found guilty last month of having sexually assaulted several of his patients, was found dead of a suspected suicide at the Rikers Island jail complex Monday morning.
Mr. Cruciani, 68, was found early Monday morning sitting in the shower area of the jail with a sheet around his neck, according to jail documents obtained by The New York Times. Shortly afterward, medical staff arrived to attend to him. He died about an hour after he was discovered, the documents show.
His death came about two weeks after a jury found him guilty on 12 counts of predatory sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape and other crimes, stemming from his treatment of six patients that he saw around 2012.
In a statement, the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Correction, Louis A. Molina, said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this person in custody.”
“We will conduct a preliminary internal review to determine the circumstances surrounding his death,” he said in a statement, which did not identify Mr. Cruciani. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”
Mr. Cruciani’s lawyer, Elizabeth Edwards Macedonio, said she had just learned of his death and declined to provide comment when reached by phone on Monday morning. Mr. Cruciani’s trial lawyer, who had planned to appeal the verdict, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Mr. Cruciani is the 12th person to have died this year either while being held in the city’s jails or shortly after being released.
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