Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Los Osos man Saturday night on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old developmentally disabled girl who had stayed the night at his house while visiting his son.
Steve James Linzmeier, 57, was arrested after deputies responded to a report of a girl who had been sexually assaulted the night before, the county Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.
The alleged victim told investigators she had gone to Linzmeier’s home in the 1200 block of 11th Street in Los Osos to visit her friend.
At about 9 p.m., the friend and the friend’s brother, mother and grandmother retired to bed, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and the victim fell asleep on a couch in the living room.
The Sheriff’s Office said Linzmeier allegedly remained in the living room watching TV and at some point during the night sexually assaulted the girl.
He was arrested the next day on suspicion of forcible rape, child molestation and committing a violent crime against a person who is disabled.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said he could not provide more details about the nature of the crime or the arrest, but he said the victim is recovering at a local hospital.
The investigation was ongoing Monday, according to Cipolla. He said detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying any other potential victims of sexual abuse related to the incident. Information on whether the state District Attorney’s Office had filed charges was not immediately available Monday, and a court date had yet to been scheduled.
Linzmeier remained in custody Monday evening at the County Jail in lieu of $175,000 bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4500.