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Man charged in kidnapping attempt pleads guilty

May 19, 2006 | AP

A Connecticut man admitted Friday that he tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl from the parking lot of her New York high school.

John Regan, 49, of Waterbury, Conn., pleaded guilty to felony attempted kidnapping and is expected to be sentenced in July to 12 years in prison, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said Friday.

Murphy did not offer him a plea bargain or reduced charge.

"Basically, we achieved the highest conviction without having to put the victim on the stand," he said in a statement.

Regan attempted suicide at the Saratoga County Jail after he was arrested for trying to overpower the teen, a member of the girls' cross-country team, in the Saratoga Springs High School parking lot on Oct. 31. She fought him off and the team coach followed Regan's car until police were able to stop and arrest him.

Unrelated kidnapping charges against the married father of three are still pending in Connecticut.

In October 2004, Regan was charged in a decade-old sexual assault case in Waterbury. The statute of limitations on sexual assault had run out, so he was charged with kidnapping because he allegedly bound the victim after slipping into her home while she was sleeping.

Police started looking at him in connection with the 1993 case after he was accused of assaulting a 21-year-old co-worker at the building supply company where he worked.

Another kidnapping charge was filed against Regan in Waterbury in December. That case involves a woman who said she was assaulted in 1981.

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