IN 1993, John Regan attacked Connecticut resident Donna Palomba in her home.
He remained unidentified for 11 years until he committed another crime that sent him to prison.
John Regan was arrested in 2005 for attempting to kidnap a high school studentCBS 6 ALBANY
Who is John Regan?
Prior to arrest, John Regan from Waterbury, Connecticut, was married to his high school girlfriend.
Together they had three sons and were heavily involved in their church.
According to The Cinemaholic, Regan used to coach a children’s sports team in his downtime and worked for a roofing company.
Regan maintained this persona until he attempted to kidnap a 17-year-old high school student in 2005.
The student’s track coaches witnessed the crime and stopped the kidnapping. Regan was then arrested without bail.
Prior to this arrest, Regan was linked to a sexual assault case of a 21-year-old and in 1993 to Donna Palomba.
While he was arrested for the sexual assault cases, he pleaded not guilty and was released on a $350,000 bail.
Where is he now?
After the attack on the high school student, Regan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in New York and 15 years in Connecticut.
However, the judge on his case said he could serve his time concurrently.
He was at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone, New York.
He was meant to be released in 2017 on good behavior but the state of New York managed to keep him behind bars.
However, Regan was released on October 27, 2022, after serving his time.
Regan attacked Donna Palomba in her home in 1993NBC News
Who is Donna Palomba?
Donna Palomba was one of Regan’s victims whom he sexually assaulted in 1993.
At the time, Regan was masked when he broke into Palomba’s house and attacked her while her two kids were asleep.
According to her website, Palomba recalled Regan holding a gun to her saying: “If you call the pigs I’ll come back and kill you.”
After Regan attacked the 21-year-old victim, authorities were able to link his DNA to the 1993 DNA collected from Palomba’s rape kit.
After Regan was identified, it was noted that he was a friend of Palomba’s husband.
Since her attack, Palomba has worked to help sexual assault survivors.
In 2009, she founded Jane Doe No More, an organization that helps “survivors of sexual crimes to find their voice, advance their healing, and educate others.”
The organization also offers a four-hour self-defense class for women and girls aged 12 or older.
NBC’s Dateline revisited Palomba’s on February 11, 2024, at 9 pm ET.