A registered sex offender was found dead this morning in Ocala, two days after he told deputies he might hurt himself. 38 year old Clovis Ivan Claxton was convicted in 1991 for a sex offense in Washington state. Marion County Sheriff's Department spokesman Dennis Strowe says he contacted their office on Tueday. He found flyers posted around his neighboorhood containing his information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcemen's Sexual Offender website. Also added to the sheets were teh words "Child Rapist".
Strowe says the man was so upset he threatened to commit suicide. A deputy transported him to a mental health facility under the Baker Act Law. He was later released and returned home, where he was found dead this morning.
Deputies say his parents found him Claxton with one of the flyers next to him. Detectives think a drug overdose may have been involved, but are waiting for an autopsy to reveal the exact cause of death.
Claxton's mother told authorities that her son had attempted to commit suicide before by taking several different pills. Investigators won't officially declare it a suicide until autopsy results come back.
Claxton was convicted in Washington state in 1991 of molesting a 9-year-old girl. He was 20 at the time, but his mother said he was developmentally much younger due to a brain injury.
She said her son required constant care and recently relied on leg braces and a wheelchair.
Where did he get the drugs to OD with? Was he a druggie child rapist?
Thank you, and then of course they were justified. I wonder, if all the signs were causing him distress that he not stay with a family member. All though if anyone and I MEAN ANYONE were to picket my home, put signs up, stand on my property they would have a meeting with me and my S and W if you know what I mean.
However, I would notify the cops. Of course that would be if I were in trouble with the law and I am not but I would fight back as much as they gave within the law.
He sounds sadly fragile. I really hope as the news comes out that we are missing some more recent facts that would make the community become so outspoken on this one convicted sex offender.
Thanks as always for your helpful comment.
"Claxton's mother told authorities that her son had attempted to commit suicide before by taking several different pills. Investigators won't officially declare it a suicide until autopsy results come back."
Sounds like he was bound to do himself in. I don't blame the people for shaming him and alerting other parents of a pervert living there. NO sympathy for the devil here. NONE!