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Martinez: Inquest set for Discovery Bay child molester's in-custody death

11-15-15 California:

MARTINEZ -- Coroner's officials said they will hold a public inquest next month into a prisoner's in-custody death last June, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Discovery Bay resident John Raymond Hansen, 54, died at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center on June 11, two days after Martinez Detention Facility staff found him unconscious in a housing module from an apparent hanging, authorities said.

Hansen was convicted of 10 felony counts of child molestation for sexually abusing three girls between the ages of 10 and 14 in Discovery Bay in 2006 though 2014.

There were other convictions for intimidating victim witnesses, and for assaulting a Contra Costa Sheriff's detective. According to court records, Hansen was drunk when he bit a detective on her hand when she was trying to interview him on the day of his 2014 arrest.

He was sentenced on May 21 to 32 years to life in state prison.

According to a release by sheriff's office spokesman Jimmy Lee, the inquest is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8 in Department 8, Room 3025 at the A.F. Bray Courthouse, 1020 Ward St., Martinez.

It is meant "to present the facts of the incident to a jury for their deliberation and finding on the manner of death," the release said.

Members of the public may attend, but may take no photos or make any recordings. ..Source.. by George Kelly

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