Teacher and wife of ‘Paedo’ found dead in ‘double suicide’ after accused of sexually assaulting girl 11 times
A school teacher who was charged with a historic sexual assault of a student was found dead with his wife in a double suicide.
The bodies of Rodney Charles Eather and his wife Joan Eather were found at their home in Morayfield, 45 km north of Brisbane.
The husband and wife are believed to have left a suicide note at the scene, The Courier Mail reports.
The gruesome discovery last month was made just three days after he was charged with 11 counts of sexual assault of a person under the age of 16 and carnal intercourse by a teacher of a girl aged 10 to 17 years old.
The alleged offenses allegedly took place in the early 1980s.
A QPS spokeswoman said: “Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the sudden death of a 66-year-old man in Morayfield on May 30.
“His death is not considered suspicious.”
Police began investigating the Ballina school teacher on March 21.
Police were told that a student was allegedly sexually assaulted between the ages of 13 and 16 between 1981 and 1983.
Mr Eather was released on bail Thursday in Lismore local court to return to his property.
The court heard that Mr. Eather suffered from several health problems, including high blood pressure and heart problems.
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