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Parolee admits raping girl in dance studio

By AAP Newswire

A convicted rapist has admitted raping a young girl in a Sydney dance studio and then attacking two people who came to the seven-year-old's aid.

Anthony Peter Sampieri on Thursday pleaded guilty to three counts of raping the girl as he held her captive in the bathroom of a Kogarah dance studio in November 2018.

The 55-year-old also admitted detaining the girl, choking her in order to commit a serious offence, filming her as he committed two indecent acts and indecently assaulting her.

He also admitted assaulting a woman and wounding Nick Gilio with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after the pair burst into the bathroom to save the girl.

Sampieri was arrested on the night of the attack, November 15, before it emerged he'd been out on parole after raping a woman years earlier.

As a result of the 10 guilty pleas submitted on Thursday, prosecutors withdrew five other charges alleging an assault, two woundings, the use of an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and the use of a child to make child abuse material.

A bearded Sampieri appeared via video link in Sydney's Central Local Court from custody as his lawyer, Penny Musgrave, entered the pleas on his behalf.

He gave brief responses of "that's right", "yes" and "OK" during the court appearance as magistrate Robert Williams committed him for sentence in Downing Centre District Court on June 21.

Sampieri is due to again appear via video link.

The court heard some facts were in dispute and an agreed fact sheet would be filed in the District Court.

Sampieri also faces 29 charges of making threatening phone calls in the weeks before the dance studio attack.

He's due to appear before Central Local Court on July 10 on those matters.

A police officer is separately facing charges of neglecting his duty for allegedly mishandling a complaint about the paroled rapist in early November.

Leading Senior Constable Andrew Michael Bruce has pleaded not guilty to all four charges and is currently suspended with pay.