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Man who allegedly posed as an officer and assaulted sex workers kills himself after posting $1-million bail

Man who allegedly posed as an officer and assaulted sex workers kills himself after posting $1-million bail

A man who allegedly posed as an undercover officer in a series of violent sexual assaults on prostitutes in Santa Ana killed himself days after he was arrested and posted $1-million bail, police said.

Joseph Raymond Stanton, 42, of Long Beach was arrested on June 29 on suspicion of kidnapping and raping two sex workers and in the attempted rape of a third victim, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. The next day, Stanton posted bail and was released from jail.

Then on July 1, Long Beach police found Stanton dead in an apartment in the 1200 block of 3rd Street. He left a suicide note and told people he had been contemplating killing himself, police...

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