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Convicted child molester apparently commits suicide days before jail term

September 13, 2010 | 10:16 am

A Huntington Beach man convicted of child molestation apparently killed himself just days before he was to report to jail.

Ronald Steven Bell, 47, was found dead Aug. 31 in Huntington Beach, an official from the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner said.

Bell’s death is still being investigated, but wire services quoted a prosecutor saying the death was a suicide.

Bell pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to child molestation and was granted a stay until Sept. 7 when he was expected to report to an Orange County jail, according to the district attorney's office.

Bell was facing a one-year sentence.

-- Robert Faturechi