Surrey man who sexually assaulted 12-year-old about to be freed

Antonio Eduardo Daponte, 49, is up for statutory release next month after being jailed for assault in Coquitlam.

  • Aug. 28, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Antonio Eduardo Daponte, a Surrey man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in Coquitlam in 2009, is up for statutory release next month with numerous conditions.

The 49-year-old was given a 10-year sentence but, after two-for-one time is factored in from time he spent in custody before his case went to trial, he is expected to be released after five years and seven months.

During his 2011 trial, Crown lawyers said Daponte broke into the victim’s bedroom and threatened to gouge her eyes out if she did not co-operate. The attack continued until she was able to scream and fight back.

Daponte was out on bail at the time of the attack and, according to a Parole Board of Canada report, he has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1988. The document also stated that he has had substance abuse issues and has committed crimes to support himself.

The 2009 attack put the community on edge as the Coquitlam RCMP initially didn’t know whether the attack was random. But after Daponte’s arrest, it was determined the suspect was known to the victim’s family.

After he is released, he will be prohibited from consuming drugs and alcohol, ordered to avoid certain people and to remain employed or actively looking for work. He is also not allowed near the victim or the victim’s family, or any children under the age of 16. He will also be subject to a curfew.

“The risk factors identified as contributing to your criminal behaviour include substance abuse, personal emotional orientation and attitude,” said the court decision. “In 2013, you completed sex offender programming to address your risk factors. Your risk for future sexual reoffending has been assessed as moderate.”

 

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