Paroled rapist, 55, pleads guilty to choking and sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl in a dance studio bathroom
- Anthony Sampieri, 55, pleaded guilty to raping and choking a seven-year-old girl
- The convicted rapist sexually abused the girl in a dance studio bathroom
- Charges relating to using child to make child abuse material were withdrawn
Published: 22:01 EDT, 12 June 2019 | Updated: 22:15 EDT, 12 June 2019
A convicted rapist has admitted he raped a seven-year-old girl he’d choked and detained in a Sydney dance studio bathroom.
Anthony Peter Sampieri, 55, on Thursday pleaded guilty to three counts of child rape and seven other charges in Sydney’s Central Local Court after the attack in a Kogarah dance studio bathroom in November 2018.
As a result of the guilty pleas, five charges relating to alleged assaults and using a child to make child abuse material were withdrawn.
Police will allege Sampieri physically and sexually assaulted the girl in the bathroom (pictured) of a Kogarah dance studio
A bearded Sampieri appeared via video link as his lawyer, Penny Musgrave, entered the pleas on his behalf.
He was committed to Downing Centre Local Court for sentence on June 21.
Sampieri originally faced 15 charges over the incident in Kogarah, in Sydney’s south, last November.
Police allege Sampieri waited in a public toilet cubicle used by a dance studio before sexually attacking a young girl when she entered just after 7.30pm on November 16.
Using a surgeon’s scalpel he had with him, Sampieri allegedly held the girl at knife point.
He then allegedly sexually assaulted the young girl, filming part of his attack.
The alleged attack only ended when dentist Jeffrey Stack entered the toilet cubicle and caught Sampieri with his pants around his ankles, before attacking him.
By this stage the young girl had been missing from the dance class for close to 30 minutes.
As the scuffle unfolded Nick Gilio, who was one of a group of parents from the dance studio looking for the girl, heard the commotion and entered the toilets.
During the brawl Mr Gilio was stabbed multiple times in the stomach and neck, while Sampieri was also left battered and bruised.
The victim’s mother was also allegedly injured when she encountered Sampieri.