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KS- CraigsList" Rapist Found Dead in Segwick Co. Jail

6-8-2009 Kansas:

A man recently found guilty of raping women while posing as a police officer has been found dead in the Sedgwick County Jail.

David Gage, 52, had been in custody since August, 2008 and was recently convicted on felony charges. Gage was awaiting transfer to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Gage was sentenced to 29 years in prison last month.

Police said Gage would meet his victims in the erotic services section of the website Craigslist. Officers said Gage would meet the woman at Wichita motels and then show a fake badge or gun, telling the women they'd be arrested if they didn't have sex.

In a news release, the Sheriff's department said an inmate observed
Gage in his cell early this morning and informed the detention deputy on duty. Gage was alone in his cell and the preliminary investigation indicates the death is likely a suicide.

Major Glenn Kurtz told KAKE News Gage hanged himself. The investigation is still on-going, and it is not clear what he used. Kurtz also said Gage showed no signs of depression.

During his sentencing hearing Gage spoke to the judge saying, "In all probability your honor, this is a death sentence for me."

There have been twelve attempted suicides in the Sedgwick County detention facility since 2008. During the same time period, two inmates have died from natural causes. ..Source.. by KAKE News

Man Arrested For Impersonating Marshal, Sexual Assaults

8-4-2008 Kansas:

Friday, Wichita police arrested 51-year-old David L. Gage at a motel in the 8900 block of West Kellogg. They say he raped a woman he contacted on Craig's List. The victim told police Gage showed her a badge and police scanner, claiming to be a U.S. Marshall.

Police began investigating last week, after receiving a tip posted on Craig's List. The tip warned women and escorts to be careful of a man going by the names David and Lee. The warning said he would meet women, pull out a badge, gun and handcuffs; claim to be a cop and threaten to arrest his victims unless they had sex with him.

In at least one other incident, it's believed he also robbed a woman. "We know he used a false badge... as part of his ploy," said Wichita Police Capt. Brent Allred on Monday. "We believe there are additional women out there who have met this individual and been involved in these situations."

While police know of two cases, they believe there could be additional victims. If women have information about similar incidents they can call the Wichita Police Sex Crimes Division at (316) 268-4156.

Investigators say Gage has been in trouble before. In the late 90's, police say Gage was charged with misdemeanors after trying to solicit sex from an undercover police officer. He could now face felony charges when officers present their evidence to the District Attorney later this week. Gage remains in the Sedgwick County Jail on a $500,000 bond. ..Source.. by Cayle Thompson, KAKE News

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