A convicted paedophile took his own life days before he was due to be sentenced for his crimes.
Andrew Carter, 62, was charged with six counts of indecently dealing with four children under the age of 13.
The youngest victim was just eight years old.
Carter pleaded guilty to the crimes, which spanned two years from 2017 to 2019, after several court appearances, and was due to be sentenced next Friday.
Great Southern Police told The West Australian Carter commit suicide on Tuesday.
The award-winning production designer has worked with the The Royal Ballet and The Australian Ballet, and had an esteemed career in the arts prior to the allegations.
His offending occurred in the small West Australian towns of Shadforth and Menzies.
Carter’s artwork once featured prominently inside Perth’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, but was removed shortly after allegations of his crimes were made public.
‘In light of the charges and with respect to those affected, the Ritz-Carlton, Perth will remove these from the hotel immediately and look forward to celebrating another artist in its place very soon,’ a spokeswoman for the hotel said at the time.