A California man who faked his suicide near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to keep away from prisonfor child sexual assault and pornography fees was arrested in Florida this week, authorities said.
Michael Manning, 58, of Chico, was in police custody in Monroe County, Fla., and awaiting extradition to California, the Chico Police Department stated in a information release. In 2016, Manning pleaded no contest to oral copulation of a individual beneath 14, possession of more than 600 pictures of child and childhood pornography and two counts of solicitation of a minor to engage in the instruction of sexual images, police said.
He was supposed to be sentenced Oct. 6, 2016, however he by no means made it to court. A car rented in his name was discovered a day after the scheduled hearing by means of National Park Service officers near the Golden Gate Bridge, alongside with a suicide note. Manning’s body was once in no way found, which raised suspicions.
“Investigators commenced to display the behavior and patterns of a shut associate of Manning and observed what regarded to be sophisticated counter-surveillance measures,” according to the news release.
Last month, the U.S. Marshals Service received leads that Manning could be in Florida, the Chico Enterprise-Record reported. He was arrested by Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies, who found him living in a conex storage container. He identified himself as William Wallace Littlejohn and had a fake U.S. passport and U.S. Navy identification card.
At the Monroe County Jail, the man’s fingerprints had been taken and positively identified Manning, accordingto the release.
The original charges stemmed from an investigation in September 2015 when a victim stated being sexually assaulted in 2008-2009 when she was 12 to 14 years old. Search warrants served at Manning’s domestic turned up child pornography.