By Kaylyn Hlavaty, ABC News 5
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Richard Adams, the 20-year-old Painesville man who attacked a teen he walked in on molesting a 5-year-old boy in Eastlake, has died, according to the Lake County Coroner.
According to a GoFundMe page written by his uncle, Jeff Cook, Adams was found unresponsive in his bed. His girlfriend went to lay in bed with him when she noticed he wasn’t breathing.
The coroner said the cause of death is unknown at this time.
Adams, who was facing a felonious assault charge, entered a plea agreement for a lesser charge earlier in April and was entered into a diversion program.
The judge in Adams’ case agreed to the state’s recommendation that Adams be placed in a First Offender diversion program, as this was his first criminal offense.
According to the report, Adams walked into a room and found the 17-year-old sexually assaulting the child and a fight broke out between the two.
Following the incident, authorities arrested Adams as well as the teen. The teen has been charged with two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition, according to authorities.
News of the incident had made its way across the country and Adams received a wide range of support, from people calling him a hero to others offering to pay for his legal costs.