Terre Haute Firefighter Accused of Child Molesting Found Dead

(TERRE HAUTE) – A Terre Haute firefighter accused of child molestation was found dead early this morning, according to the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.

Rodger Plunkett II

Rodger Plunkett II, 47, was found dead at his home. Plunkett sent separate time-delayed messages to at least two people including his wife and WTHI-TV 10 News 10’s Jon Swaner.

The message said Plunkett would have taken his own life by the time the message was read.

Plunkett was charged with five counts of child molestation in September of 2019. According to court documents, he was accused of molesting two girls between 1998 and 2005. Plunkett had a hearing scheduled for today. The Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office says it has dropped the charges against Plunkett due to his death.

Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos said she expects an autopsy later today and a cause of death will be released pending the results of that autopsy.