LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 48-year-old ex-convict from California pleaded not guilty in Nevada state court to charges that he abducted a Las Vegas schoolgirl and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.
Richard Martin Schlacta faces nine charges including kidnapping, sexual assault of a minor, attempted sexual assault of a minor, coercion, and battery in the Aug. 28 incident.
The girl testified at a preliminary hearing last month that Schlacta grabbed her as she was locking her bicycle at a school bus stop, threatened to slit her throat with a box cutter, pulled her behind a building and attacked her before she got away.
Schlacta is jailed on $1 million bail.
His arraignment was postponed Nov. 27 after his defense attorney withdrew and two deputy Clark County public defenders were appointed to his case.
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