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Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra Convicted of Lewd Conduct, Assault

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April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Lenny Dykstra, the former Major League Baseball player already serving a three-year prison term for grand theft auto, was convicted of lewd conduct and assault after pleading no contest to the charges.

The former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said today in a statement revising the jail term listed in the original announcement.

Dykstra, 48, told women who came to meet with him in response to advertisements he placed on Craigslist for personal assistants and housekeeping services that the job would also require giving him massages, according to the city attorney. He exposed himself to the women and on one occasion held a knife to force a victim to massage him, prosecutors said.

Last year, Dykstra pleaded no contest to charges he tried to lease cars using phony business cards and credit information. While a no contest plea is technically not an admission of guilt, it is equivalent to a guilty plea as far as possible punishment is concerned.

Separately, Dykstra is awaiting trial on federal bankruptcy-fraud charges. Last year prosecutors accused him of looting his mansion in Thousand Oaks, California, and stealing or destroying more than $400,000 worth of property from his bankrupt estate.

Bankruptcy Filing

Prosecutors said he removed, destroyed and sold property from his $18.5 million mansion after filing for bankruptcy in 2009 in California. Dykstra shipped chandeliers, mirrors, artwork and other items to a consignment store, according to court filings.

Dykstra pleaded not guilty to those charges in June.

The name of Dykstra’s lawyer in the lewd-conduct case wasn’t immediately available. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office, and Christopher Dybwad, Dykstra’s federal public defender in the bankruptcy fraud case, didn’t immediately return calls for comment on the lewd-conduct conviction.

The auto theft case is People v. Dykstra, PA070678, Superior Court of California (Los Angeles County). The looting case is U.S. v. Dykstra, 11-415, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles). The bankruptcy case is In re Dykstra, 09-18409, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (San Fernando Valley).

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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