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California child molester who faked death nabbed in Florida

Posted: 4:57 PM, May 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-08 16:57:03-04
Source: Monroe County Sheriff's office

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who police say faked his own suicide to avoid jail for child sexual assault and pornography has been arrested in Florida.

The Enterprise-Record reported Tuesday 58-year-old Michael Manning, of Chico, California, was arrested in Monroe County, Florida.

Chico police say that Manning had a hearing scheduled on Oct. 6, 2016, to be sentenced on child sexual abuse, child pornography and other charges but he didn't show up.

Chico police say a suicide note in Manning's handwriting was found in a car he rented that was left near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but his body was not found.

Deputies in Florida arrested him May 3 after he identified himself with a fake U.S. passport and U.S. Navy identification card during a burglary investigation.