August 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge set bail at $1 million for an ex-convict from California facing felony allegations that he abducted and sexually assaulted a schoolgirl at knifepoint.
Richard Martin Schlacta spoke Friday only to acknowledge that he understood the charges against him.
He's accused of sexual assault of a child under 14, kidnapping of a minor, coercion and battery with a deadly weapon in the Wednesday morning attack.
Judge Joseph Sciscento noted the 48-year-old Schlacta had nine prior felony convictions.
He assigned his case to the Clark County public defender's office and scheduled a Sept. 26 preliminary hearing.
Police say Schlacta tried to run but was arrested after the 13-year-old girl escaped and flagged down a motorist near a southeast Las Vegas school.
Police say the girl identified Schlacta as her attacker.