Cop Convicted of Rape Hangs Himself Inside Jail Cell

A former Westminster police officer convicted in June of kidnapping and raping a woman at gunpoint in 2010 took his own life today in his jail cell.

32-year-old Anthony Nicholas Orban was found dead in his cell of an apparent hanging, according to a live report on KCAL-9. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department are investigating the incident as a suicide.

Orban's lawyer had put forth unsuccessfully what became known as the "Zoloft Defense" during the trial, alleging his client had a psychotic break from reality and he did not know right from wrong while under the influence of the anti-depressant Zoloft and the sleeping aid Neurontin at the time of the crime. Attorney James Blatt also claimed Orban was under a great deal of stress due to his work as a cop, a struggling marriage, financial problems and combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

The crime was not committed solo, however; Orban's co-defendant Jeff Thomas Jelinek acted as a lookout while Orban kidnapped the victim from the Ontario Mills Mall, then watched as she was raped in Fontana. Jelinek pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, accessory after the fact and false imprisonment in April.

Orban was seeking a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct, reports City News Service and "was due in West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga for a 1:30 p.m. hearing" associated with those claims, according to the OC Weekly.