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Car-fire victim a sex offender

State police from the Embreeville barracks today identified the man who died last week after setting his car on fire as 38-year-old Thomas J. Evasew of Phoenixville.

Car-fire victim a sex offender

State police from the Embreeville barracks today identified the man who died last week after setting his car on fire as 38-year-old Thomas J. Evasew of Phoenixville.

The coroner ruled the death a suicide. Court records show that Evasew was paroled last May after serving a 6- to 23-month sentence for disseminating and possessing child pornography. He was still on probation in that case, court records said.

Troopers responding to a reported vehicle fire at 5:18 p.m. Wednesday at 3285 Phoenixville Pike found a 2005 red Ford Focus "fully involved in fire," police said. Inside the vehicle they saw the body. State police said they were assisted at the scene by the Chester County Fire Marshals, Chester County Coroner's Office, East Whiteland Fire Company, the county's Hazmat agency, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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