Officials are investigating an in-custody death at the Big Bear jail after a man allegedly took his own life.

Richard Harold Todd, 60, of Big Bear City was arrested Feb. 21 on felony charges of sexual molestation of a minor, possession of child pornography and possession of an illegal assault rifle.

On Feb. 22, at 4:20 p.m., Todd was found hanging from the bars of his cell with his shoelaces tied around his neck, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy who discovered Todd quickly cut the shoelaces from Todd’s neck and called for medical aid. Todd was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. He was alone in the cell at the time of his death.

Todd was arrested following an investigation into child molestation. Deputies served a search warrant at Todd’s residence in the 300 block of East Country Club Boulevard in Big Bear City during the afternoon of Feb. 21. Authorities said their investigation showed that a 6-year-old had visited Todd at his residence during the past year. Todd had allegedly touched the victim and used foreign objects on the victim’s genital area. Investigators said that Todd may have used his pet parrot and a small dog to entice the victim to play inside the residence.

Todd was found to be in possession of child pornography and arrested without incident. During execution of the search warrant, deputies also located an illegal assault weapon and other corroborating evidence at Todd’s residence.

Todd was awaiting arraignment in San Bernardino County Superior Court on the charges. He was being held on $250,000 bail. Authorities were seeing any additional victims as it is believed that multiple juveniles have visited Todd’s residence unsupervised during the past several years.

The Riverside County Coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy on Todd to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information regarding the investigation should contact Detective Justin Long in the homicide division at 909-387-3589. Anonymous information can be provided using the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or online at

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