Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty to indecent exposure charges
Former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure involving women who responded to housekeeping ads he had placed on Craigslist, authorities said.
Dykstra, 48, pleaded not guilty to the charges. If found guilty on both counts he could face up to a year in county jail.
Authorities allege Dykstra would meet the women who responded to his ad and tell them the job required them to give massages. Then he would expose himself, said John Franklin, spokeman for Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.
The alleged incidents took place between 2009 and April 2011, according to the city attorney's office.
In June, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Dykstra with nearly two dozen felony counts connected to an alleged scheme to get luxury cars, as well as for possession of cocaine, human growth hormone and Ecstasy.
The charges came a month after Dykstra was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice for allegedly hiding more than $40,000 in property that should have gone to his creditors, authorities said.
Raised in Garden Grove, Dykstra played center field and helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series. The New Yorker magazine once dubbed Dystra "baseball's most improbable post-career success story."
-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)
Photo: Lenny Dykstra Credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press