California Child Sex Assault Suspect Who Faked Death at Golden Gate Bridge Arrested in Florida

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Michael Manning, 58, is seen in a May 3, 2019, booking photo released by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
Michael Manning, 58, is seen in a May 3, 2019, booking photo released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

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.

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