SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- A San Diego Police Department sergeant arrested by fellow officers last week on suspicion of soliciting a minor for sex was found dead in his Carmel Valley home after missing a court appearance, authorities said.
Joseph Ruvido, 49, was found unresponsive about 4:24 p.m. and ultimately pronounced dead, the San Diego Police Department said in a written statement.
He had been scheduled to appear in San Diego County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. for a hearing in his sex crime case, but never showed up, officials said. Officers went to the sergeant's home to find out why he missed court.
“After several attempts to reach him, the decision was made to force entry into his apartment,” Police Chief David Nisleit said during a press conference on Monday evening.