Los Osos man avoids prison time for rape of disabled teen

May 14, 2015
Steve James Linzmeier

Steve James Linzmeier

A Los Osos man has taken a plea deal that will allow him to spend just one year in jail for sexually penetrating a developmentally disabled 16-year-old girl. [Tribune]

Steve Linzmeier, 57, pleaded no contest Tuesday to child molestation, sexual intercourse with a person under 18 and sexual penetration with a victim under 18. He initially faced three counts of rape, as well as charges of sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object by force.

Linzmeier will serve five years of felony probation, in addition to the year in jail. He must also register as a sex offender.

On March 27, the 16-year-old spent the night at the house of a friend, who is Linzmeier’s son. When others went to bed, the teen retired on the couch in the living room, and Linzmeier kept watching television on another sofa in the room.

In an interview with a detective, the victim said Linzmeier, wearing only boxer shorts, forced himself on top of her about 15 minutes after everyone went to sleep. Then he sexually assaulted her for about 20 minutes, she said.

Linzmeier told detectives that he had previously gone skinny-dipping with the girl and hugged her in a hot tub on multiple occasions. When deputies arrived at his home, he told them that he was a child molester.

But, the Los Osos man told detectives he never completed sexual intercourse. He said he rolled around on the couch with the girl and admitted to several other graphic and illegal acts, according to a sheriff’s report.

Linzmeier changed his plea prior to a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday. He is due for formal sentencing on June 9.

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Dan Dow is a man of integrity like this county has never seen. I guarantee you that if there was a way, given the circumstances in this case, to hang a tougher sentence on this guy, he would have done it. There HAD to have been circumstances(reluctant witnesses, lack of incontrovertible evidence to convict on the more serious charges…sorry folks, you need more than just a confession, etc). I wish the facts of the plea were public record, I would love to see them. I bet I would be proven right. I have experience in the courtroom and by going to trial without ALL your ducks in a row you run the risk of getting NOTHING.

If You only knew one year in county at time in a 1/2 = 9 mos serve plus time serve 3mos at time in 1/2 +90 days already sereved he will be out in 6 mos or less just make me sick