A former Naples, Fla., school board member charged with having sex with a 12-year-old boy was found dead this week of an apparent suicide. Before he shot himself, Nelson Faerber Jr. wrote a note directed to the Naples Daily News that cited “an irresponsible press” for his problems. He wrote, “It is sad that, in our society, and especially in our fairly educated community, simply the accusation of sexual misconduct is enough to destroy an individual…It is even more disturbing when an irresponsible press causes the families of the accused to suffer so much hurt and humiliation – all in the name of selling newspapers and advertisement.”
Faerber, 52, was free on $100,000 bond on five counts of unlawful sex activity with a child. His arrest affidavit alleges dozens of sexual encounters between 1997 and 2001 involving Faerber and the boy, now 19. Faerber left several other suicide notes, but their contents have not been released. The note addressed to the newspaper was released by Faerber’s attorney.