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Man who tried to kidnap girl at Solana Beach school sentenced

Posted at 8:26 AM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 21:49:47-04

VISTA, Calif. (CNS) - A man who tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl outside a Solana Beach school was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years and four months in state prison.

Jack Henry Doshay, 24, a member of an affluent Fairbanks Ranch family, pleaded guilty in March to kidnapping and assault with intent to molest. He is expected to be sentenced to 10 years and four months in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Doshay was arrested on April 1, 2015, in connection with the kidnapping at Skyline Elementary in Solana Beach nine days earlier. Prosecutors said Doshay's DNA was found on duct tape wrapped around the victim's head before he tried to carry her off. Staff members heard the girl's screams and she was able to escape.

Doshay subsequently was charged in a 10-count indictment with child molestation counts involving a September 2010 crime in which he allegedly lured a 5-year-old girl behind a shed after school at Santa Fe Elementary and tried to remove her pants. The girl screamed, kicked her attacker and got away, said Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders.

A judge dismissed two lewd act charges in that case after Doshay's attorneys successfully argued that prosecutors failed to present evidence to a grand jury that pointed to someone other than Doshay being involved in the 2010 incident.

As a result of the plea agreement, all other charges were dismissed.

Doshay's father, Glenn, is a minority shareholder of the San Diego Padres.

Doshay’s attorneys talked about his struggles with mental illness. Paul Pfingst telling reporters, "His life, prior to this, was for him a living hell. He had tried to end his own life three times, he was in a severe depressive state, he suffers from autistic disease and that has been lifted."

Co-counsel James Pokorny told the court, "The Jack Doshay sitting here today is not the Jack Doshay that did this awful act two years ago, your honor, and with proper treatment and placement, he can do well and never pose a threat to anybody ever again."