Paroled Sex Offender In RV Chase Pleads Not Guilty of Kidnap, Abuse

A paroled sex offender arrested two days after he led police on a wild RV chase with his young children has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, assault and a slew of other criminal counts. 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday that Stephen Houk also faces charges including child abuse, injuring a spouse, fleeing police, and assault with a firearm.

The 46-year-old is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is due back in court May 30.

Houk was arrested Thursday after being on the run for two days. He escaped into a Bakersfield orchard after leading police on a 100-mile chase in his motor home that began in Hollywood.

Houk's 11-month-old and 3-year-old children were inside the RV. They weren't hurt.

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