NC Man Facing Sex Charges Hangs Himself In Jail

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Police say a North Carolina man in the jail awaiting trial on child-sex charges has hanged himself with a sheet.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that 36-year-old Michael Todd Aidt was found dead Saturday in the Buncombe County jail.

Lt. Ross Dillingham told the newspaper that detention officers tried to revived Aidt when he was found, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aidt had been in jail since December following an armed standoff with deputies at a mobile home.

His charges included rape of a child younger than 13 and statutory rape of a child younger than 16. His bail was set at $500,000.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    "Darren", nothing new out of you, self-righteous hypocrisy and a know it all attitude. When did you put this guy on trial? Last week, last month, you should have invited some media types. I feel sorry for you.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 23, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    I feel sorry for those kids, their families, and this guy's family, but however not for him. I will say, at least some taxpayers money will be saved.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 23, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    "To Neo", the point is, you don't know. You are trying to reach a conclusion without the facts. "Lilly", you are always free to spout off with your opinion, but you cannot pronouce someone guilty if they haven't been to trial. When you do, you undermine our intire justice system. Since you mention it though, God did command us all in the Bible to judge righteously. We are supposed to gather all the facts and speak to the excused before passing judgement. Hence, our society has what we call a "trial" Lilly. It keeps those who are short sighted from jumping to conclusions and ruining or hurting someone prematurely. At least it is supposed to work, there are so many slanderers pronouncing guilt now via the internet now that the system may need to be revamped to protect the innocent from those who want to jump past the trial to the "kill'em all" stage.
  • by Lilly Location: greenville on Feb 23, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    Neo, I guess you feel that God has given you the right to push your opinions onto others, and when they diagree you react like a child. River Rat stated his opinion, and didn't have to make unnecessary comments about others. Free speech is part of the contituions you were spouting about earlier. So keep your comments on the subject at hand and the name calling on the school ground.
  • by To Neo on Feb 23, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    While your point on wrongful accusation is true so it would be for the guilty individual...they've been caught. The ugliness of their crime is out in the open and no longer hidden - much more of reason to do yourself in than an erroneous accusation.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    I sure wouldn't kill myself if I was innocent "before the trial". If I was found guilty then I would think about it.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 22, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    "river rat", great point! I was going to make the same one, but couldn't say it any better. The tremendous weight of such an accusation would completely ruin a person's life. Some could move and start over, some could live with the constant whispering from narrow minded people. Some cannot take the pressure and let the stares and whispering drive them to suicide. Lilly, your omnicience is appreciated just as much as kathy's. Why God blessed you with the ability to know everything and the authority to judge others without a trial or knowing all of the facts I will never know...or perhaps, you just think he did.
  • by river rat Location: washington on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    even though he hung himself does not admit guilt. a good case in point. my scoutmaster when i was a kid was accused of sex crimes with us kids. he was found innocent but, the allegation of the crimes cost him his career and ended up moving to start over. it seems that these days we( including myself) are to quick to judge. we don't know all the facts regarding the situation. maybe he did it or just realized that being associated with such allegations was to much to bear. we will never know now.
  • by LILLY Location: GREENVILLE on Feb 22, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    Innocent until proven guilty---He hung HIMSELF, so i guess he decided that he was gulity.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 22, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    Yes "Kathy", you are entitled to your opinion, but if you have decided that everyone is guilty before they go to trial, do the system a favor and stay out of the jury box. At least admit to the prosecutor and defense attorney before the trial starts that you believe everyone who is accused is guilty and that a trial is a formality. That way, they can cull you out for being the narrow minded person that you are. The justice system is joke because of people who can never question evidence gathered and presented by people whose jobs depend on them convicting SOMEBODY of every crime possible, even if it is the wrong SOMEBODY! I hope that one day Kathy, you and what's her name get this whole constitution thing figured out before we have no rights left. It is amazing how quickly the ignorant will give away the rights that many people fought and died to give them and preserve for them.
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