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Authorities confirm child sex abuse suspect died in Brown Deer house fire

Fatal fire graphic.
Fatal fire graphic.

BROWN DEER, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities have confirmed that Milwaukee educator and child sex abuse suspect Ronnie Johnson died in a fire early Monday at his home in Brown Deer.  

An autopsy was performed. Police are still waiting for preliminary results. They said it could take two months or longer to get results from toxicology tests on the 47-year-old Johnson.

His body was burned extensively -- and authorities were not sure at first whether the victim was a man or a woman. Officials said Monday that Johnson owned the home which was gutted.  

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Federal and state investigators are helping Brown Deer look into the blaze.  

Johnson was charged last summer with almost two dozen felonies, for allegedly molesting five children of various ages from 1991 until 2013. He's a former charter school leader and Milwaukee public school teacher.  

His attorney, Rodney Cubbie, offered no new comment Tuesday. On Monday, Cubbie said Johnson had followed the terms of his jail release -- including home confinement and electronic monitoring.

His body was found in a front room of his home.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)