March 12, 2014
A Reno teacher accused of sexually assaulting a young girl has died of an apparent suicide, authorities said.
Thomas Cory Hansen, 54, died Tuesday when he apparently jumped
backward from a second story balcony and landed on a concrete
patio, the Washoe County sheriff's office said.
His death came the same day as his scheduled preliminary hearing
on four counts of lewdness with a minor and three counts of child
Hansen, who resigned from the Washoe County School District in
October after his arrest, had been free on more than $92,000 bail.
Authorities said the alleged victim, who is now 14, wasn't a
student. She reported the allegations in September and said the
alleged abused occurred when she was 11 and 12.
Hansen taught third grade at Double Diamond Elementary School
and was a 23-year school district employee, officials said.