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John Hansen, Convicted Child Molester Commits Suicide While Awaiting Transport to Prison

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A convicted child molester who was awaiting transport to state prison attempted to kill himself Tuesday inside a Martinez jail cell and died on Thursday, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said. Discovery Bay resident John Hansen, 54, was convicted on multiple counts of child molestation, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Staff in the Martinez Detention Facility found Hansen unresponsive and rendered aid, Lee said. He was transported to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead late Thursday afternoon, according to Lee.

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