Sex Offender Pleads No Contest to Palmdale Kidnapping

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A convicted sex offender charged in August with the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl in Palmdale pleaded no contest Monday to kidnapping to commit robbery.


Convicted sex offender, Richard Stein, 39, pleads no contest to attempted kidnapping in Palmdale. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Richard Henry Stine additionally admitted two prior strike convictions for forcible rape and kidnapping in 1999, according to L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

The 39-year-old was scheduled to receive the maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19.

Stein attempted to kidnap the 17-year-old victim as she walked eastbound along Palmdale Blvd. on the morning of Aug. 2,  prosecutors said.

A Good Samaritan witnessed the incident and called 911.

Deputies responded and arrested Stein.

At the time of his arrest Stein was on parole for forcible rape and was wearing an ankle monitor.