- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A longtime high school basketball coach charged last week with sexually assaulting a teenage boy killed himself on Monday just hours after defending himself in an email to a newspaper.

Tyrone Dale, who was 45 years old, hanged himself in Pawtucket on Monday evening and was pronounced dead at a hospital, Providence police said.

Dale had served as a part-time seasonal employee of the Providence public schools and the Providence recreation department. He coached girls’ basketball at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. He also coached at the West End Recreation Center.

Dale was charged with sexual assault on Friday. A 15-year-old boy said Dale pulled his shorts down and fondled him at the recreation center last month, according to a police report. The boy told police he felt nervous and intimidated and recorded the sexual assault on his cellphone, the report said.

Dale had told the Providence Journal in an email on Monday afternoon that the boy’s story was “a possible set up.” He told the newspaper that he had never coached the boy, who he said was a gang member.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office said the crime of which Dale was accused was “deplorable.” It said Dale had been suspended without pay and barred from entering schools, recreation centers and other municipal buildings after his arrest.

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