Youth Sports Referee Dies of an Apparent Suicide a Week After Arrest in Child Sex Sting

A youth sports referee in Cherokee County, Georgia, has reportedly committed suicide after being arrested as part of a child sex sting.

Brent Parton, 38, was arrested last Tuesday as part of a four-week sting operation where he had allegedly believed he was talking to a 12-year-old on the internet. He was found dead in his home after being released from jail on $10,500 bond. Parton had been fired immediately from his jobs as a youth baseball umpire and a referee for various other youth sports when the allegation surfaced. 

Parton was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Source: Youth referee busted in Cherokee County sex sting shoots, kills self

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