Back in August, 48-year-old Richard Schlacta was arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting the teen at knifepoint. The victim said she was locking up her bicycle at Woodbury Middle School when she was approached by Schlacta who was brandishing a knife.
The girl said she was sexually assaulted multiple times by Schlacta before she was able to escape and flag down a passing motorist for help. Police were called and found Schlacta a few blocks away from the school. After a foot chase, Schlacta was apprehended and taken into custody.
Since then, he’s been in the Clark County Detention Center on three counts of sexual assault with a victim under 14, attempted sexual assault with a victim under 14, first degree kidnapping, coercion with force or threat of force, battery with a deadly weapon and battery with intent to commit sexual assault with a victim under 16. In other words, he’s in a lot of trouble.
A lot of trouble often leads to desperation, as evident by what Schlacta has now been accused of doing while in jail. According to the DA’s office, Schlacta plotted with another inmate to kill the victim after he found her address on some court documents. The DA’s office was notified by the girl’s family after an unidentified inmate wrote them a letter, warning them of the alleged plot.
Schlacta has yet to be charged with anything related to this plot, but he has been placed in isolation and is not allowed to have any further visitors, including his family. ”He’s in isolation and not in contact with any other inmates. He has restricted access to the public, not his attorney,” said Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney.
Speaking of Schlacta’s attorney, Mace Yampolsky said he hasn’t spoken to his client since this plot allegedly happened. But he’s facing allegations that his client learned of the girl’s address through him. When he was questioned about this, he replied that it is sometimes necessary for his clients to receive court documents.
“Frankly, if you don’t review discovery with your clients, I think it’s ineffective assistance of counsel,” he said. I agree with him completely, but couldn’t you have at least made sure any of the victim’s identifying info was redacted beforehand? I mean, I’m no lawyer with a fancy degree or nuthin’ but that just sort of makes a whole hell of a lot of sense.
If the DA can prove that Schlacta was trying to have his alleged victim killed, he could be looking at a charge of solicitation to commit murder. If you ever wanted to see a real-life Saul Goodman, check out Yampolsky in the following video.Murder, Nevada, Richard Schlacta, Sexual Assault, Solicitation