An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the sentence of a man who flew to Miami wanting to quench his sexual cravings by violently dunking young girls underwater “until the bubbles stop rising.”
Jeffrey Doland is serving a 20-year prison term after pleading guilty in 2009 to a host of sex crimes.
Back in July 2007, Doland flew from his home in Ohio to Miami to meet with a woman he met in an online fetish chat room. He believed the woman would allow him to dunk her preteen daughters in a pool or bathtub until “their lungs burst.”
Doland was actually chatting with an undercover federal agent. The girls did not exist.
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During his 2009 trial in Miami, jurors saw transcripts of graphic chat sessions that included Doland writing: “I love long hair floating underwater. Cannot wait to see them drowning.”
He mulled dunking the girls by tying them to concrete blocks or using handcuffs. With a diving mask in his black carry-on bag, Doland flew to Miami and gave $501 to an undercover female agent he believed was his online correspondent.
Then he was arrested.
Doland, 53, a former tech consultant for an Ohio school district, abruptly pleaded guilty midway through trial. He appealed his sentence by claiming that Miami-Dade state court did not have jurisdiction over conduct that originated in Ohio.
The Third District Court of Appeal turned down that claim Wednesday.