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Child-grabber gets four years

Joshua Alan Brown pleads guilty to second-degree kidnapping in incident


JOSHUA BROWNJoshua Alan Brown, the 29-year-old man who briefly grabbed a child from a classroom at Joseph Gale Elementary School in Forest Grove Feb. 20, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Brown pleaded guilty April 1 to first-degree burglary and second-degree attempted kidnapping in the incident and was sentenced the same day, said agent Andy Pulver of the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, who handled the case.

Brown told police he had used methamphetamine the day he picked up a boy in a third-grade classroom at Joseph Gale and headed toward the doorway with him. A teacher told Brown to put the boy down and he did. Principal Gretchen Schlag and an instructional aide chased Brown from the building into the surrounding neighborhood in Old Town. He was apprehended soon afterward by Forest Grove Police.

Court records show Brown has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for theft, meth possession, unauthorized use of a vehicle and attempted robbery.

Brown will spend 48 months in the custody of the state Department of Corrections. He’ll be required to undergo three years of post-prison supervision and to enroll in programs that deal with mental health and substance abuse issues, Pulver said.

Because of the attempted kidnapping conviction, Brown will also be required to register as a sex offender.

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