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UPDATE: Former College of the Canyons trustee found dead

Posted: November 9, 2012 11:15 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2012 9:36 a.m.

An autopsy is to be done of the body of a former College of the Canyons trustee Ernest Tichenor found dead Friday morning in northern Virginia, a coroner’s spokeswoman from that area said.

On Friday, officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, discovered the body of Ernest “Ernie” Tichenor.

“A cause and manner of death is pending in the case,” a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Medical Examiner’s office told The Signal Saturday.

“We won’t know until Tuesday,” she said, citing a federal holiday today.

Tichenor was to have been sentenced on a charge of having solicited a minor for sex over the Internet.
In July, he entered a plea of guilty for having solicited a 13-year-old girl for sex.

“I’m just so sorry. I feel for his family, his children,” said Joan MacGregor, a COC trustee who worked with Tichenor and who was informed of his death Friday morning.

Tichenor served on the Santa Clarita Community College District board from 1997 to 2009.

He declined to run for a fourth term in 2009, saying that he had received a job with the federal government in Washington, D.C. He moved to Virginia later in 2009.




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