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Man, 55, accused of raping a seven-year-old girl ‘made obscene phonecalls’

Man, 55, accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a dance studio toilet ‘made three obscene phone calls’ just hours before the sickening attack

  • Anthony Sampieri allegedly choked the girl until she was ‘unable to resist’
  • He then allegedly raped her in dance studio toilet cubical in Kogarah, NSW
  • He faces 87 counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend
  • Police allege he made three ‘obscene’ phone calls hours before attack  

A man accused of raping a seven-year-old child in a toilet allegedly made three obscene phone calls just hours before the sickening attack.

Anthony Sampieri allegedly choked the girl until she was ‘unable to resist’ in a toilet cubicle at a dance studio in Kogarah, southern Sydney in November.

The 55-year-old allegedly stabbed a man who attempted to rescue the girl before a second man subdued him while police were called. 

Anthony Sampieri (centre) will face charges for 87 counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend

Sampieri was yesterday also charged over 87 menacing phone calls he allegedly made during the three months before the attack.

He is said to have made three such ‘offensive’ calls just hours before allegedly assaulting the seven-year-old girl, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Court documents show he made three calls from his mobile phone between 3.18pm and 3.23pm, before the alleged assault at 7.30pm.

Detectives brought the harassment charges after interviewing other potential victims, who claimed they had received offensive and obscene phone calls from Sampieri.

The charges will be added to the initial allegations of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years old, wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent, aggravated kidnapping and attempting, or assaulting with intent, to have sexual intercourse with a child under 10.

He’s also charged with choking a person with an intent to commit an indictable offence, using a child under 14 to make child abuse material, aggravated act of indecency being filmed, aggravated indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

Sampieri remains in custody and will appear at Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday. 

The 54-year-old physically and sexually assaulted the girl in the bathroom of a Kogarah dance studio, police alledge (pictured is the studio's bathroom)

The 54-year-old physically and sexually assaulted the girl in the bathroom of a Kogarah dance studio, police alledge (pictured is the studio’s bathroom)

Sampieri (left), who had been under police guard in hospital, was transferred to Maroubra Police Station just before 4pm after doctors determined he was fit to be released

Sampieri (left), who had been under police guard in hospital, was transferred to Maroubra Police Station just before 4pm after doctors determined he was fit to be released

Sickening details of Sampieri’s alleged sex attack on a seven-year-old girl emerged in his first court appearance in November.

He appeared before Waverley Local Court last year where his barrister Ken Buckman did not apply for release. 

Police alleged Sampieri forced the girl to perform sex acts on him and filmed her doing so.  

Court documents reveal that he is accused of choking the girl to ‘render (her) incapable of resistance, done so with intent of enabling himself to commit another indictable offence, to wit, sexual assault’.

Sampieri spoke twice while fronting court, and consented to a police application for a forensic procedure. 

At 7.55pm on November 15, two men confronted and attempted to detain Sampieri at the dance studio in Kogarah after concerns were raised for the girl’s welfare.

The men allegedly found Sampieri naked with the girl in the toilet before a struggle ensued, resulting in one of the men being left with several stab wounds.

Sampieri was taken to hospital, where he remained under police guard and in the custody of Corrective Services NSW during treatment.

It is understood Sampieri has Hepatitis C and liver damage. 

After being deemed fit by doctors, Sampieri was transported to Maroubra Police Station where he was arrested by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad. 

An investigation led by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad under Strike Force Berliet resulted in a string of charges. 

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