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Sex offender found dead in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 22, 2011

A 59-YEAR-OLD Gloucester man who was awaiting sentence for a sex offence against an 11-year-old girl has been found dead at his home.

Michael Rich, of Bazeley road, Matson, had pleaded guilty earlier this month to having sexual activity with the girl.

His denial of a further charge of sexual assault on the same girl was accepted by the prosecution.

Rich was on bail for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and was due back at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday for sentencing.

He did not turn up that day and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Yesterday, it was revealed that he had been found hanging at his home on Monday. No-one else is believed to have been involved in his death.

An inquest is expected to be opened today.

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