Former Mets/Phillies OF turned serial deadbeat Lenny Dykstra plead no contest yesterday to charges of lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon after using Craigslist to lure women to his home under the guise of a job interview. The LA Times’ Andrew Blankenship writes that Thursday’s sentencing should dramatically reduce Dykstra’s web profile, as “he will not be allowed to post or solicit on social networking or e-commerce sites over the next three years.” If nothing else, this has to be considered a boost for what’s left of the print classified ad business.
Under the plea deal, Dykstra also was placed on three years’ probation, including provisions to prevent him from misusing the Internet, which he used to lure women who traveled long distances and were desperate for work in the bad economy.
City prosecutors said Dykstra placed Craigslist ads for a personal assistant or housekeeping services under a pseudonym. Half a dozen victims responded from 2009 to 2011.
When the victims met Dykstra, he would brag about his baseball accomplishments, show off his memorabilia and then tell them that the job also required them to give him a massage, prosecutors said. During the massage, he would expose himself to them, Deputy City Atty. Lara D. Schwartz said.
“They were not looking for that kind of job,” Schwartz said.
During one incident in July 2010, Dykstra held a knife and forced the victim to massage his body.