Paroled rapist pleads to attempted kidnapping

Richard Henry Stine, 39, is set to receive the maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison, prosecutors said.

Richard Henry Stine, 39, is set to receive the maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison, prosecutors said.

PALMDALE  – A convicted sex offender charged in August with trying to kidnap a girl in Palmdale pleaded no contest Monday, authorities said.

Richard Henry Stine, 39, pleaded to one count of kidnapping to commit robbery.  Stine additionally admitted two prior strike convictions for forcible rape and kidnapping in 1999, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The plea stems from an incident that happened on the morning of August 2 at the corner of 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard. At the time, Stine was a GPS-monitored sex offender on active parole for forcible rape.

Investigators said Stine approached a 17-year-old girl from behind, pushed an object into her back and told her to keep walking or he would shoot her. Stine forced the victim across the street and behind a church, before a Good Samaritan, who witnessed the incident, called 9-1-1, investigators said at the time.

Before the incident, Stine had been arrested at least seven times since he was paroled in 2010, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.

“Anywhere from access to pornography, to having a Facebook account, to use of methamphetamines,” Dorsey said, in describing Stine’s various parole violations.

Last Halloween, Stine was arrested during “Operation Boo,” a safety initiative aimed at protecting young trick-or-treaters from sexual predators. Stine was arrested for violating his parole by having children’s toys and being under the influence of alcohol.

For his most recent charges, Stine is set to receive the maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison, prosecutors said.

Judge Christopher Estes scheduled sentencing for Nov. 19 in Department A21 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.  Victim impact statements also are expected to be heard at that hearing.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Paroled rapist charged in kidnap-rape attempt

Paroled rapist arrested for kidnapping teen

‘Operation Boo’ nets three arrests locally

UPDATED 11/19/13: Following an emotional testimony from his teenage victim in an Antelope Valley courtroom, Richard Stine was sentenced today to 30 years to life in state prison.

  11 comments for “Paroled rapist pleads to attempted kidnapping

  1. roxy
    March 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    He deserves what he gets after that day he made my life change around

  2. sickofit
    October 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Another early release prisoner success story. Where can we buy tags for open season on these vermine?

  3. NotKool!
    October 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Throw the trash somewhere else when he’s re leased again from prison!

  4. NRA member
    October 30, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Back to prison, [removed] !

  5. Mr. Mister
    October 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Where’s Michelle Egberts??
    I remember when the original article was posted, she left a lengthy comment about how he didn’t do anything wrong and the girl was lying. A “no contest” plea is just that! Hopefully he gets the same punishment in prison that he dealt on the streets, and then some.

  6. Newman
    October 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Waste of a life.

  7. James Stouvenel
    October 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Adios idiot!

    Its sad women cant be safe in the AV.
    Having these jerks here is ruining our community
    Stay in prison or jail where you belong.

  8. sikntired
    October 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    30 years to life, huh.Hopefully he doesn’t make it to the 30 years mark. Now they want to dump Hubbart here, no f-ng way!

  9. dan
    October 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Piece of trash kill him now

  10. gary
    October 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    “Arrested 7 times since his parole in 2010” ?!?!?!?!? Wtf is wrong with these people who would let him out!?? Time for some street justice on these offenders people

    • DM
      October 29, 2013 at 7:13 am


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