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Registered Sex Offender Dead in Jail

12-16-2009 Virginia:

FAIRFAX, Va. - A 44-year-old convicted sex offender is dead after police say he committed suicide in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Paul Antonio Calvan was caught at Fair Oaks Mall allegedly using a video camera stuffed inside a shopping bag to videotape a 20-year old-woman in a dressing room at Victoria's Secret last Friday night.

"She sees him," Fairfax county police officer Bud Walker tells Fox 5 News, "catches him doing this, and chases him out of the store and then calls police."

The man got away, but Officer Walker says Calvan came back the very next day and with camera in bag went to the Express store right across from Victoria's Secret.

"At this point," Walker says, "folks who were involved in Friday night's incident alerted some of our plain-clothes officers who were located in the mall, and that's when they intercepted him as he attempted to leave the mall."

Calvan was arrested and taken to the jail. Just after midnight Monday, police say Calvan was found with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck and tied to the jail cell door. He died at a hospital 22 hours later.

Calvan was arrested at Fair Oaks Mall 12 years to the day after being convicted of aggravated sexual battery, a crime his neighbors say involved a young girl.

Calvan was a registered sex offender on probation and unemployed at the time of his death. He lived with his father in Arlington County. A neighbor says Calvan got out of prison about a year ago.

"It's kind of a sad ending to this story," next door neighbor Chad Ciri told us. "Would have liked to have seen him be able to work his way out of such things but, such is life."

Police say they are certain Calvan's death is a suicide. ..Source.. by Bob Barnard

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