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Man in jail accused of soliciting ex-girlfriend's murder

October 2, 2009 |  3:27 pm

A man in custody at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of raping and trying to kill his former girlfriend was charged today with soliciting her murder while he was behind bars, authorities said.

Mark Alan Jarosik, 43, was originally jailed and held on $100,000 bail after the 41-year-old woman accused him of sexually assaulting her in May. Jarosik posted bail June 6 with money provided by his family, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

The next morning, prosecutors said, Jarosik allegedly attempted to break into the woman's home and then showed up again the next day and allegedly punched her in the face and slammed her head against the curb. He was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail again.

While in jail, Jarosik is accused of asking another inmate to have a relative kill the woman and videotape her death, prosecutors said. Jarosik allegedly told the inmate that he wanted to watch the videotape at Christmas, prosecutors said. Jarosik also sent several letters from jail to his ex-girlfriend, violating a restraining order.

Jarosik, formerly of Ladera Ranch, was charged today with one felony count of solicitation to commit murder and two misdemeanor counts of attempting to disobey a court order. He previously was charged with attempted murder, residential burglary, forcible rape and attempted sodomy by force.

—My-Thuan Tran