Man who raped 7yo girl in dance studio toilet sentenced to life in prison

Warning: Some readers may find the details in this article confronting.

A man who raped a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Sydney dance studio will die in jail, after being sentenced to life behind bars over the horrific attack.

Convicted rapist Anthony Sampieri appeared in Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to 10 charges including three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10.


The court heard the 56-year-old, who was out on parole at the time for raping an elderly woman, dragged the little girl into the men’s bathroom at the Kogarah dance studio in November, 2018.

Whilst in the locked cubicle, Acting Judge Paul Conlon said the man punched and bound the little girl before subjecting her to more than 40 minutes of terror, with some of it filmed on a mobile phone.

Judge Conlon described the attack as every parents worst nightmare.

“One can only imagine the confusion and heightened state of fear she would have been in as he subjected her to sexual abuse of the most horrifying and degrading kind,” Judge Conlon said.

During sentencing, the judge said Sampieri showed a “callous disregard for this young child as he violently assaulted her and went about dominating and controlling her with the use of a knife”.

He said “there will be lifelong consequences for her to deal with” including using public toilets and even the bathroom in her own home.

The little girl was later found in the men’s toilet cubicle by her mother and fellow parents after they launched a search for the child.

One of the parents, Nick Gilio, was slashed across the head and stabbed in the stomach after confronting the man. The court heard he is still recovering both physically and mentally following the incident.

It’s almost certain Sampieri, who has liver cancer, will die behind bars with doctors revealing he has a 60 per cent chance of surviving the next five years.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831

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