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Jailed Sex Offender Dies, Apparently by Hanging

Updated: Ezekiel Foster, 31, arrested Wednesday for violating his probation as a sex offender, was found unconscious in his cell Thursday afternoon and pronounced dead shortly before 3 p.m., Napa County authorities said.

NAPA VALLEY, CA -- A 31-year-old inmate at the Napa County jail died Thursday afternoon, apparently by hanging himself, according to a media release from the county issued Friday afternoon:

On November 1, 2012, at about 2:23 pm, deputies and medical personnel responded to the Napa County Department of Corrections for a possible suicide by hanging.  

Ezekiel Foster, 11/19/80, had been found unconscious and unresponsive in his cell by his roommates, who summoned help.  Corrections staff immediately responded, moved him to the floor, began CPR and summoned Jail medical staff and EMS personnel.

Napa City Fire and AMR ambulance personnel responded to the Jail and continued to attempt to resuscitate him at the scene.  They were unsuccessful, and Medical personnel pronounced him dead at 2:54 pm. 

Investigators with the Napa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office and Investigation Bureau are investigating the death.  There are no indications of foul play. An autopsy is planned for Monday.

Foster, of American Canyon, was arrested Wednesday for violating the terms of his probation as a convicted sex offender: Please see Five Sex Offenders Arrested in Halloween Sweep.

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det November 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM
After reading a lot of these comments it is quiet clear that the public is soooo misinformed about a lot of things - each state is different but I have had clients on my caseload who were 17 and has sex with a 15 or 16 year old - who were, up until recently in MI, labeled a sex offender for life - hmmm.... many of you would be in prison yourself -as would more than half the high school population - sex offender is a dirty word - that should not be applied to everyone - only to rapists and pedophiles- but that is not the case - be careful how you judge what you do not understand.
KAREN WILSON November 04, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Look Judy! Her comments are great!!!! It's time people open their eyes. Most child sex offenders are victims themselves of sexual abuse. They are even worse because they know what it does to a child. they make a decision to commit crimes against children.Their families make excuses or just look the other way.ITS TIME THE ABUSE OF CHILDREN STOPS! It was Sandusky's family that looked the other way!!! The chatholic church still looks the other way! boy scouts etc........ It is so bad now your children dont have a safe place play,pray,get involved with sports and be safe at home.
KAREN WILSON November 04, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I agree
KAREN WILSON November 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
SEX OFFENDER SAYS IT ALL!! There is no rehabilitation for them!!! Most criminals are victims themselves. It's prison dude no kindness required! Do you think they deserve it after victimizing a child? I CALL THIS JUSTICE
det November 04, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I have not worked in every prison but the ones I have - a psych eval is not done immediately unless the inmate indicates to the intake staff that he is feeling suicidal - if he is a mental health patient on the outside he is scheduled with us within the first week - most "men" who are truly suicidal will not tell anyone - they just do it - others say they are but most times, not always. it is a cry for help - which the way the system is - they therapy is hit or miss depending on who you get - and prison staff is cut so low by the states that there is 1 maybe 2 guards for about 2-300 men on a unit - not exactly good - oh, the stories I could tell - my window faced a prison yard and my show was seeing blood squirting everywhere - they cover up the stabbings by issuing them "fighting" tickets - there is so much corruption in prison - and yes, I testified in front of the senate - to no avail - all telling on the corruption will get you is the corrupt officers/administrators coming after you - it's a very sick environment for "some" staff "who are not team players"- it's no wonder inmates come out worse - anyone who tries to actually help them, so they will come out better, - will become a target
KAREN WILSON November 04, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I AGREE
Janie Vest November 04, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Nothing sad about it except for the person he violated. Just one less we have to worry about in this world. I miss the days of tar and feathering perverts and running them out of town on a rail. I bet his victim can sleep a lot easier knowing this monster is gone.
Danica Misic November 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Exactly, we don't know what created the sex offender status. Now days it is very easy to become sex offender for no apparent reason. Many people here are talking about like all those guys are pedophiles. Few teenagers and their parents are aware that serious jail time is a very real possibility in underage sex. It is very common that 17 year old dating 15 year old in the hi school. Sadly many of them serving 10 year sentence because they were caught having sex. Rather than educate and changing the law in the failed system, the system is further punishing the offender. In addition to jail time, as things presently stand, the offender, once released is put on a Sex Offender Registry and in a very real sense, this "sentence" lasts a lifetime and its repercussions follow the individual for all of his life. True pedophiles need to be put on such a list, not young people who are behaving in the norm for their age bracket by today's way of life.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Chris, my original post refers to "Mr. Foster" as one subject and "a man I know" as a second. There is a clear distinction between subjects. Your response just uses a single "he" as a subject without making it clear whom you were talking about. Of course my reading will be vague and assumptious if the author composes it that way.
Danica Misic November 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Most of you are morons and are talking apples and oranges. What or who is the sex offender? A 30 year old dating 15 yer old is a pedophile. Can 17 year old be a sex offender? Few teenagers and their parents are aware that serious jail time is a very real possibility in underage sex. It is very common that 17 year old dating 15 year old, visit any hi school. Sadly many of them serving 10 year sentence because they were caught having sex. Rather than educate and changing the law in the failed system, the system is further punishing the offender. In addition to jail time, as things presently stand, the offender, once released is put on a Sex Offender Registry and in a very real sense, this "sentence" lasts a lifetime and its repercussions follow the individual for all of his life. True pedophiles need to be put on such a list, not young people who are behaving in the norm for their age bracket by today's way of life. It could be your 17 year old child or your 17 year old brother. By today's laws kids can't date until they both become 18 year old. Stupid country stupid laws. Just like Attorney General John Ashcroft, t few years back under Bush administration, who spent $8,000 of taxpayers money on blue drapes that hide the two giant, aluminum art deco partially nude Lady Justice, statues in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice.
det November 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Danica (my granddaughter's name too) I don't know how to respond to you - this Nappa is not really user friendly like huffington post is - anyway - I agree with you too. It’s scary - Most people on here are shooting from the hip – they don’t have a clue about the facts just spout their uneducated opinion! I teach the inmates the difference between a FACT and an OPINION – it’s a big deal as to why they are where they are – jumping to conclusions without the facts – looks like many on here needs the same training
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Here you go, J.C. section 1 of 314 PC: "Exposes his person, or the private parts thereof, in any public place, or in any place where there are present other persons to be offended or annoyed thereby." No mention of gratification in the code, but I'm sure that the police officer was present and annoyed. Excerpt from 290 PC, Sex Offender Registration Act: "Any person who, since July 1, 1944, has been or is hereafter convicted in any court in this state or in any federal or military court of a violation of... subdivision 1 or 2 of Section 314...any statutory predecessor that includes all elements of one of the above-mentioned offenses; or any person who since that date has been or is hereafter convicted of the attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the above-mentioned offenses.". Again, no mention of gratification. My research is from Findlaw.com, http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/ .
Chris November 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@ Danica Misic Since the victim is under 14/15 according to the conviction charge with the person convicted being at least 10 years older for the age spread qualifier, you at least know the victim was under 15 and the person convicted was 10 years older at the time of the offense. So victim 8- Suspect 18, and so on 9-19, 10-20, 11-21, 12-22, 13-23, 14-24, 15-25 or greater but at least 10 years difference in ages for the offense which the guy was convicted of. And if this conviction charge was the result of some form of plea bargain, just remember, the orginal charge was probably worse. And not that it really matters what the conviction was, what matters is that he hung himself in jail. This could have been the outcome for anyone arrested on any charge and unable to cope with the situation they have found themselves in. What is at issue here is the screening process in place (is it adequate and where corrections guidelines followed) and the actual circumstances of the death (were checks done in a timely fashion, was it self inflicted, was it intentional or accidental) etc. and what can be changed to attempt to prevent future suicides in secure settings. But the truth is a person can get through a whole booking process and appear totally in control of themselves and their emotions and answer the medical questions without triggering an alert for further screening, even people originally charged with resisting arrest at the actual time of arrest.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 04, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I think I'm done here. Mr. Foster was involved in an improper incident involving a minor. He was arrested, charged, and convicted of the offense and required to register as a sex offender. I (nor anyone else on this forum) was not there and do not know the specific details. Mr. Foster was a troubled individual with four arrests in a year, apparently exhibiting behavior for the police to target him. His last arrest was for a (non-sexual) violation of his probation and resisting arrest. Mr. Foster slipped through the psychiatric screening at NCDC and was housed in an area that allowed him the privacy to take his own life for reasons we will never know. Those are the facts that we, as a collective online community, have established. Anything else here is speculation. I think we've done a good job. Thank you to our Moderator for doing her best to keep things civil.
det November 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
FYI: According to the DSM IV - A pedophile is someone attracted to a prepubescent child - most likely 13 (???) or under (drives me crazy when people are called this on tv by an alleged therapist - on Nancy Grace - and it does not fit the definition - wonder where she got her license) if they are mature - physically developed - it would go to statutory rape if is were consensual sex - rape if not -
J.C. November 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I would suggest you continue your research on page 1019 of the California Jury Instruction Code, Criminal. Also called the CalCrim. It can be found here:http://www.courts.ca.gov/partners/documents/calcrim_juryins.pdf. Once you read it, you will see that you are proving my point. This section outlines the sexual gratification requirement. BTW, also according to law, the officer can not be offended for the purposes of the statute. I repeat, it would seem something is missing from the story.
det November 04, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'm not sure he "slipped through" on the mental health or not - if he didn't say anything - there would be no reason to do a suicide eval which would have put him on a watch - Only the EMR would tell if he said anything during intake - I know if we (mental health) are notified of any statements of self harm by custody- they (inmates) are immediately put in segregation on a 1:1 (inmate officer) and a QMHP must go do the eval that day. If it is after hours they are left on 1:1 until the evaluation can be completed.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 04, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Once correcting your link I found your research. It is instructions for a jury to convict during trial, if a person plea bargains then this point is moot, as Section 290 PC says "convicted of subdivision 1 or 2 of 314 PC". A plea bargain is a conviction. Regardless, I think we can both see that this is a matter of interpretation.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 04, 2012 at 11:53 PM
J.C., upon further research and consultation with my paralegal it appears that we are both correct: Jury instructions may be cited as authority for a specific case, but on a general basis Penal Code supersedes jury instructions when citing as authority.
Kahaya Adams November 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
@ Karen Wilson I'm very educated and I didn't post my opinion on here, to change anyone's opinion about this situation. However, I also know the victim, don't get me wrong my heart goes out to her, no one deserves to be victimized in anyway. I was basing my post on how I knew him, before he got labeled a sex offender. You totally misread my post, what I meant by love. I love my family and friends unconditionally. I still love him in spite of what he did or have become, That will never change. Family is all we have and for others it's friends. There's so much going on in the world today, life is to short! we will never know why people do the things they do, only god knows. I'm a victim of a violent crime myself, so I have sympathy for victims also. It's just sad on both ends being that I know them personally. What I'm going to do as a christian is continue to pray for everyone who has been hurt by this, and the judgmental people who chose to say it's ok and good that he took his own life, that's where I disagree, people seem to forget that is still someone's son,brother, uncle etc. What if it was one of your love ones.The bible say judge not for you to shall be judge.
J.C. November 05, 2012 at 03:17 AM
No offense to the paralegal but most of them work in civil law, not criminal. The jury instructions are also used by prosecuting attorneys to decide how to charge a case (what they can prove) because while the penal code codifies the activity, the jury code is what must benproven. Therefore, cal crim is generally the framework within which a case is analyzed, charged and prosecuted. Therefore, my original assertion stands. I believe something more happened than your friend stopped to take a leak and now is a sex offender through some travesty of justice.
Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Wroogful Death suit is in the works
Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:13 AM
It has been reported that this young man should have been put on a 5150 status. Hence he should have been taken to Napa State Hospital on a 5150. He should not been left alone in a cell when he presented suicidal regardless of his initial contact with law enforcement.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
J.C., there is a distinct probability that there is more to the story. Your information is impressive. I'd guess you work in the court system, in a position that requires you listen to endless procedure. Court transcriptionist. You know too much about citing authority to be a clerk.
Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
tvc no one is sympathizing with " sex offenders " The issue here is that Mr. Foster was not a Sex Offender. If you read the full case history his status was part of a poorly negotiated plea bargain. He never exposed himself , Touched or molited anyone. There was no and i repeat no contact. What we are taking about is Justice and to often justice is only severed to those who can afford it. Now taxpayers money will be used to perform an autopsy and very possibly a wrongful death litigation.
Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Kimberley How many man and women have been arrested and found guilty of murder and sentence to death and than exonerated after DNA proved them innocent of a crime. In all respect of you view, is being on a list enough ?. Think of the list during the communist scare. era or during other times in human kinds dark history of lists and label. We are takling about Justice not revange.
Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Hello Louisa Hufsader, I can see the need to as u say act as a moderator of the very important social dialog. However we are all hoping that our rights of free speech Is not stifled. This is important of an issue.
Cindy Watter November 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Most of the discussion has been enlightening. I am an extremely vigilant parent and was shocked to find, years ago, that my children's music teacher was listed as a sex offender. He moved away, and I never knew what the specific charges were, but--he was always perfectly fine with my children. They were as surprised as I was to hear about him. Was it a misunderstanding, a spinoff from his divorce, a flatout false charge--I don't know. He never hurt my children, though. I do recognize one of the names in the arrest list--I knew who his victim was and I'd say the punishment is appropriate. However, a few of the commenters here seem to know unfortunate young men who don't know their partners very well and then get in trouble after casual sex. The old "she looked older" defense doesn't work anymore. These fellows need to use their brains for a change. A moral code would be helpful, too.
Sam November 11, 2012 at 04:08 AM
None of you knew anything about him. I do, and he was NOT this monster you all speak of. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and he paid his debt to society for it. He has family that are greiving and they deserve privacy and respect! Ezekiel was a sweet person with a good heart, and he would not have taken his own life. All of you should do your homework before you label someone who is no longer able to defend themself.My condolences to his family and loved ones who are all missing him right now. You commenters should all be ashamed of how judgemental and closed minded you are!
chuck2251 December 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Not for the future victims of this creep..

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