As Troy Piccaluga listened to the verdict that pronounced him guilty of statutory rape and sexual battery, the Methodist minister took a handful of pills.
Witnesses in the courtroom thought the pills might have been heart medication. They were not.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace retrieved several more pills from Piccaluga’s pockets as he and his deputies escorted the convicted man from the courtroom to the county jail for booking.
Instead of going through the booking procedure, the officers immediately put him in a squad car and took Piccaluga to Merit Health River Region for treatment.
Piccaluga was free on bond pending the outcome of the trial. He is now being held in the Warren County Jail awaiting sentencing on March 27 and is on suicide watch.