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Hartford doc busted in child sex sting found dead

A Hartford doctor charged in a child sex investigation was found dead Wednesday.

John Magaldi, 61, was found dead around 9 a.m. in Litchfield, the Hartford Courant reported. Police had announced his arrest on Monday.

Magaldi’s cause of death was not immediately announced. However, police said they don’t suspect homicide, according to the Courant. His autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

The arrests of Magaldi and two other men in a child sex sting were announced on Monday. All three men attempted to have sexual contact with children under age 16, according to police.

Magaldi was charged with criminal attempt at risk of injury, sexual contact with a victim under the age of 16, criminal attempted second-degree sexual assault and criminal attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor and interfering with police. He was released on $350,000 bond.

Magaldi was the chief of rheumatology at the Hartford HealthCare Bone and Joint Institute. The hospital placed him on leave after his arrest was announced.

“We are troubled to learn of the arrest and we take these allegations seriously,” Hartford HealthCare told the Courant at the time.

Two other men were also charged in the joint operation by Meriden police and the FBI. Francisco Carrero, 50, and William Suarez, 28, were charged with similar crimes. They were held on $250,000 bond.

All three men were set to make their first court appearances on March 22. Carrero’s and Suarez’s appearances remain scheduled.

“The news of the arrest and death of Dr. John Magaldi is deeply troubling,” Hartford HealthCare told the Courant. “We are ensuring all patients will continue to be cared for, and we are providing support for our colleagues.”


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