The owner of a La Jolla real estate agency will be sentenced Aug. 16 after he pleaded guilty to molesting two girls and possession of harmful matter on three electronic devices.
Donald Hickey, 62, faces a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge Yvonne Campos.
Hickey pleaded guilty in July and signed a written statement that admitted he molested both girls who were under 14 years of age and that he committed substantial misconduct. The material that was on his electronic devices depicted minors having sexual contact.
He will be ordered to register as a sex offender for life. He remains in the George Bailey Detention Facility without bail.
Hickey registered his real estate agency on Prospect Street in 2009, and records still list Hickey as the owner. Someone else may have since purchased it as online records list another person affiliated with it recently. His agency also listed Hickey's Clairemont home address as another location.
His attorney, Danielle Iredale, wrote in court documents that Hickey had no prior criminal record. She attempted to get his case into a diversion program for mental health treatment, but that was denied.
A number of similar charges including oral copulation with minors were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to five counts.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that someone with Hickey's email address and phone number uploaded images of suspected child pornography in September 2016. The organization reported it to the San Diego Police Department and a detective with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating it, according to records.