Youngtown man sentenced to 51 years for molesting 3 girls

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Girls were ages 3, 7, and 11

The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

PHOENIX -- County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Jon Solnicka (DOB 11/17/67) has been sentenced to 51 years in prison for molesting three young girls at his home in Youngtown.

According to the probable cause statement filed by Youngtown Police, in June of 2007 three sets of parents contacted police claiming their daughters had been molested by Solnicka while they were swimming at his home. Youngtown Police found Solnicka two days later hiding in the attic of his mother's Sun City home.

On June 15th, 2007 a grand jury indicted Solnicka on three counts of Child Molestation, class two felonies and dangerous crimes against children. On September 3, 2008 a superior court jury found Solnicka guilty on all three counts. He was sentenced on December 12, 2008 by Judge Larry Grant. Deputy County Attorney Rachel Phipps-Yonas prosecuted the case.

This was not Solnicka's first offense. He spent five years in prison for raping a ten year old child in 1989. He violated his parole in 2001 and eventually moved to Arizona.

Thomas stated, "This sentence will make sure this serial child predator serves an appropriate number of years behind bars. It is unfortunate that Solnicka only served five years for raping a child in Oregon in 1989. Fortunately Arizona has mandatory sentencing laws that prevent that from happening here."