Man, accused of sexually assaulting teen, found dead
REEDSBURG, Wis. — The Reedsburg church music director charged with sexually assaulting a girl was found dead Wednesday morning, police said.
Reedsburg police said officers responded to a request of a welfare check of 48-year-old David Knoble at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday at his home on South Park Street.
According to the report, Knoble had made suicidal comments to a close friend.
As officers approached the front door of the residence they heard a gunshot from inside the residence. Officers forced entry into the home and found Knoble dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Knoble was recently the subject of an alleged sexual assault investigation. He was accused of having sexual contact with a girl in the choir for more than a year, beginning when she was 16. Knoble also gives private music lessons at his home and police said the girl was one of his students.
A criminal complaint said Knoble told investigators that he cared for the girl, but never had sexual contact with her.
The Baraboo News Republic reported it’s not the first time Knoble has been accused of having sexual contact with a music student. He faced similar charges more than a decade ago while working as a middle school music instructor. He was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge and fined.
Police Chief Tim Becker said the department is investigating Knoble’s death as an apparent suicide.