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 May 19th, 2011  
James William Roesch, jailed in St. Lucie County May 10 on four local charges of child molestation, dies in hospital of pulmonary embolism, according to Sheriff Mascara
James William Roesch, 75, of DeFuniak Springs, jailed in St. Lucie County May 10 on four charges of child molestation here, died  in a local hospital Wednesday morning of a pulmonary embolism, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Mr. Roesch was placed in a St. Lucie County jail medical cell May 10, the day he was booked into our jail," Sheriff Mascara said. "Less than 10 hours after being booked into the jail, his medical condition required that he be taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute."

Roesch was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday. An autopsy later that day by the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner's Office established the cause of death as a pulmonary embolism, Sheriff Mascara said.

The St. Lucie investigation began in April after a victim told investigators that Roesch sexually abused her and her brother several times over several years in St. Lucie County. The victims were younger than 18 when the abuse occurred.

Walton County and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Roesch Office May 3 at his DeFuniak Springs home in Walton County on four St. Lucie County charges of lewd or lascivious molestation. He was taken to the Walton County jail where bond was set at $1,000,000.

Roesch was brought to the St. Lucie County jail May 10.

Walton County deputies have been investigating possible crimes that occurred in Walton County.

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