Man accused of child sex abuse found dead

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A former Vernal middle school vice principal was found dead one week before he was set to go to court for child sex abuse charges.

Police said David Papadakos, 43, was found dead in his car along SR-121 Thursday, in an apparent suicide.

Papadakos was arrested and booked into the Uintah County Jail in October for over a dozen charges stemming from alleged sexual abuse of a child.

He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 24 to determine if he would have to go to trial.