updated 6/9/2009 8:48:52 PM ET 2009-06-10T00:48:52

A man facing nearly 30 years in prison for raping three women who had advertised in the "erotic services" section of Craigslist apparently committed suicide in his Kansas jail cell.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says David Lee Gage of Wichita was found dead around 6:10 a.m. Monday at the county jail.

The 52-year-old from Wichita had been in custody since August 2008. He was awaiting transfer to prison after being convicted in May of seven felony counts, including three counts of rape.

Prosecutors say Gage met the women at motels, then flashed a federal marshal's badge and threatened to arrest them for prostitution if they didn't have sex with him.

The sheriff's office says it's the first suicide in that jail since 2006.

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