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Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Girl Outside School

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LAS VEGAS -- A California man is under arrest charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a student at a Las Vegas middle school.

According to Metro Police, the 13-year-old victim was locking up her bicycle at Woodbury Middle School, near Sandhill Road and Harmon Avenue, at about 6 a.m. Wednesday. She catches a bus there to K.O. Knudson Middle School.  

Police said the suspect grabbed her, pushed her into a dark place and assaulted her several times. He used a knife during the attack, police said.

"He held her against her will and sexually assaulted her, he dragged her into that area at knife point," Metro Lt. Dan McGrath said.

The victim was able to get away and flag down a passing motorist, who called police. Officers were able to track down the suspect a few blocks away.

He has been identified as 48-year-old Richard Martin Schlacta of California. He has been booked on several charges, including sexual assault, kidnapping, coercion with force or threat of force and battery with a deadly weapon.

During an afternoon news conference about the attack, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky reassured parents about the safety of schools.

"Situations on our campuses where we've had unique things that have happened, but don't normally happen at our schools. We want to ensure parents that our schools are safe places, but we need to take precautions," Skorkowsky said.

The superintendent said there are 1,200 students in magnet programs with many waiting for buses early in the morning to get to school.

School District Police said they are looking into making changes to scheduling so patrols will be made during that time.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro's Sexual Assault Section at (702) 828-3421, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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