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Northern California jail inmate dies 2 days after attempted suicide


MARTINEZ, California — Authorities say a man who died at a hospital after attempting suicide while in custody at a Northern California jail was waiting to be transferred to prison for molesting three girls.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bayareane.ws/1BaqYuL ) John Hansen died at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center on Thursday, two days after jail staff found him unconscious from an apparent hanging.

The 54-year-old Hansen was convicted of 10 felony counts of child molestations for sexually abusing three girls between the ages of 10 and 14 in Discovery Bay between 2006 and 2010.

Officials say Hansen had other convictions for intimidating witnesses, and for assaulting a Contra Costa Sheriff's detective.

The district attorney's office and sheriff's office are investigating the death and plan to hold an inquest into their findings.

Information from: The Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

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