A Los Osos man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled 16-year-old girl will serve a year in jail after pleading no contest to two felonies and a misdemeanor, according to court records.
Steve James Linzmeier, 57, allegedly told detectives he was a child molester, according to a report filed by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the report, the victim was a friend of Linzmeier’s son and was visiting the son at Linzmeier’s home March 28. At some point, everyone in the house except for Linzmeier and the victim went to their respective bedrooms. Then Linzmeier forced himself on the teen and sexually assaulted her, the report said.
The teen later told a sheriff’s deputy that she was too afraid to scream or resist and that Linzmeier told her, “Just don’t tell (his wife),” before going to his bedroom, according to the report. The victim said she then cried herself to sleep.
The next morning, she reported the incident to her friend, whose mother then gathered her children and the victim and drove to the girl’s home, where she told the girl’s mother of the allegations, the report reads.
When deputies arrived, Linzmeier told them, “I’m a child molester,” according to the report.
When asked what occurred between the victim and him after the rest of the family went to bed, Linzmeier said he “rolled around” on the couch with the girl and admitted to several graphic and illegal acts but denied completing sexual intercourse with the teen, according to the report.
Linzmeier told a detective he had gone skinny-dipping with the girl and hugged her in a hot tub on multiple occasions over a period of several months.
Linzmeier was due in court for a preliminary hearing today. But he pleaded no contest on Tuesday to child molestation, sexual intercourse with a person under 18 and sexual penetration with a victim under 18.
Under the conditions of the plea, he will serve 365 days in jail and five years of felony probation. He also will have to register as a sex offender.
He will be formally sentenced June 9.