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Convicted molester commits suicide

10-19-2007 Washington:

A short time after checking in with his probation officer, a convicted child molester committed suicide Wednesday by jumping from the Aurora Bridge, police said.

Soon after Bret Winch, 24, left the state Department of Corrections office in Seattle, a friend of Winch's called the office and said Winch was threatening to jump off a bridge. Winch, who most recently lived on Capitol Hill, didn't specify which bridge, according to DOC spokesman Chad Lewis.

Authorities "didn't find him in time," Lewis said. Seattle police and the DOC are investigating the 10:17 a.m. suicide off the Aurora Bridge.

Winch, a Level 2 sex offender, was convicted of molesting a relative in Cowlitz County in 2000 and given a reduced sentence with the promise that he participate in treatment. He has been recently enrolled in mental-health and sex-offender treatment, according to the DOC. ..more.. by

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