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Rax victim relieved it's over

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A Latino teen who claims he was victimized by Victor Rax says he no longer has to live in fear. Rax was found dead inside his cell Monday night during a routine bed check.
A victim of human trafficking
A victim of human trafficking
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A Latino teen who claims he was victimized by Victor Rax says he no longer has to live in fear.
Rax was found dead inside his cell Monday night during a routine bed check.

“He hanged himself,” says Sheriff Jim Winder. “It appears Mr. Rax has asphyxiated himself. Resuscitation efforts were made however he was called deceased in the facility.”

Winder says Rax was not on a suicide watch because mental health experts met with him about two days earlier and didn’t feel he was in any danger. But Winder says Rax had mood swings.

“Mr. Rax's behavior could be described as bizarre over the course of the preceding few weeks,” he says. “We were monitoring it. However, mental health professionals who had lengthy discussions with him had qualified assertions that he would not commit suicide. If we had those beliefs he would have been in the mental health unit.”

Rax was facing 62-felony counts related to human trafficking, child sex abuse and drugs. He was accused of grooming young Latino boys offering them drugs in exchange for sex. An 18 year old claimed he was a victim of Rax and surprised to learn of the suicide.

“For me it was kind of weird for me,” says Julio whose last name is not being released. “I didn't know he would be willing to do that. But for me it's a relief because I don't have to worry about him no more."

Julio was worried Rax would get out of jail and come after him. He says it was Rax's way of being in control.

“Me and a lot of kids can have some relief to know that there's nothing he will do to us or our parents anymore,” says Julio. “So we can live our lives normal now.”

Rax allegedly abused 16 boys. A community activist who worked with the victims says some of their parents feel cheated.

“Some of them have described it as a cowardly act on his part to be able to take his own life without facing his accusers,” says Tony Yapias of Proyecto Latino.

But for one of Rax's victims there is justice in all this.

“It's a relief because we don’t care if he's alive or not,
we're just happy that he's out of our lives,” says Julio.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Winder says his agency and the district attorney will conduct a complete investigation to learn how Rax was able to do this. He says an officer made a visual check on Rax 45-minutes before he was discovered dead. Winder says there is surveillance cameras in the cells but it’s not possible to watch it 24/7.

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