Maryland State Police say charges are pending against an inmate at the Jessup Correctional Institution in the death of another inmate.

David I. Stephenson, 44, was pronounced dead at the prison Friday morning after being found inside his cell around 3 a.m. suffering from “obvious trauma.” A correctional officer making checks saw a window to a cell was covered up, and made entry with additional officers who found Stevenson on the floor.

Police said a suspect, a fellow inmate, has been identified, but withheld his name until charges are filed.

Stephenson, of Union Bridge, was serving a 20-year sentence for a conviction on charges of sexual abuse of a minor in 2010. Stephenson had led a Maryland sign language interpreting business, and was found to have been sexually abusing two boys over several months and years, according to the Frederick News-Post.

Stephenson had two children and a wife, who filed for divorce in the wake of his convictions, the News-Post previously reported. He plead guilty to the sexual offenses instead of going on trial.

Before serving time, he volunteered on the Deaf Studies Advisory Board of Frederick Community College and with the Frederick County Commission on Disabilities, according his company’s website, WeInterpret. Net, or WIN.

Established by Stephenson in 1996, WIN supported the deaf community by sponsoring the Deaf Olympics and youth athletic leagues, the website stated. Stephenson learned American Sign Language as a child because his best friend was deaf, according to previous reports by the News-Post.

Police said that an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death, and a motive for the killing was unclear.

The Frederick News-Post reporter CJ Fairfield contributed to this article.

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This guy sounds like he was in isolation that is normally done for the twisted ones did another inmate make it through a locked door? I heard a "Go Fund Me" has made its way into prisons now.


The guards let him in. Child abusers, especially abusers of children with a disability, don't last long in prison. On this Thanksgiving, be thankful the other inmate was able to do what the justice system could not but should have done.

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