Retired drama teacher on trial for child molestation found dead, officials say

A retired high school drama teacher accused of molesting five male students was found dead inside his home Wednesday, officials said.

David Michael Bruce died the same day prosecutors were scheduled to begin closing arguments in his criminal trial, the Orange County Register reported. The 68-year-old's body was discovered after he failed to appear in court, Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

The official cause of death was not released, though authorities said they suspect suicide.

Bruce was arrested in 2015 after allegations he molested the students, ages 11 to 14, while working at Sycamore Junior High School in Anaheim. He was a drama teacher before retiring in 2010, but was then hired as a substitute teacher until 2013.

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