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Death of child molester at Central Coast state prison under investigation as a homicide


SOLEDAD, California — Officials say the death of a child molester at a prison on California's Central Coast is a homicide.

Corrections officials said Thursday that 45-year-old Pedro Aguilar was found dead in his Salinas Valley State Prison cell on Monday.

He was serving a life term from Ventura County for lewd acts with a child under 14 years old.

The Associated Press reported in February that sex offenders account for a disproportionate number of homicide victims in California prisons.

Officials say Aguilar's cellmate, who is serving a life sentence for murder, is suspected in the slaying. Monterey County officials are continuing to investigate.

They did not disclose how Aguilar died.

The prison located in Soledad houses about 3,700 inmates 140 miles southeast of San Francisco.

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