Tucson man accused of child sex assault dies by suicide

Authorities say a man who was previously arrested in connection with sexual assault charges involving three young girls killed himself Wednesday.

Matthew Cartwright was found dead in his car on East Speedway near Saguaro National Park, according to Deputy Daniel Jelineo, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman. 

In 2012, three children and their mother were visiting the girls’ grandparents on Tucson’s northeast side.

Archives say one of the girls was sexually assaulted by an intruder. The man was confronted by the girl’s oldest sister and fled from the home.

In 2017, newly matched fingerprints led to Cartwright’s arrest.

Cartwright was scheduled for a court hearing Friday and was facing a possible trial at the end of the month. 

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