David Bruce Presley, 79, of Rosman died Jan. 9 died in his cell while in custody at the Transylvania County Detention Center, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Presley had been previously charged Dec. 20 with two counts of felony indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of felony indecent exposure and was in custody under an $80,000 secured bond.

Presley was under constant one-on-one medical care and supervision from the Detention Center-contracted medical staff since his admission as he was in poor and declining health at the time of his arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Presley was also allowed visitation with family members prior to his passing.

The Detective Division of the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal investigation with assistance from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

The N.C. Department of Health & Human Services, which regulates detention centers in North Carolina, was also notified of the details concerning the incident and they are conducting an external investigation as well.

The local medical examiner at Transylvania Regional Hospital also conducted an investigation and released the deceased to the family after receiving direction from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at Wake Forest University.

Sheriff Chuck Owenby said his office waited to release the information until after the initial investigation was completed.

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