Tuesday, June 6, 2017

There was a bad man in my room,' Staten Island rape victim, 7, told mom, prosecutor says Daniel Nieto on trial

This is a gut wrenching deal when a girl so young is involved

SI  Live reports a shaken and vulnerable 7-year-old Port Richmond girl spoke those chilling words to her mother minutes after an intruder raped her in her bedroom two years ago, a prosecutor told jurors Monday at a criminal trial.

Assistant District Attorney Victoria Levin said a drunken Daniel Nieto, then 32, walked into the victim's home through an unlocked rear door around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2015. He went into the little girl's bedroom, told her in Spanish to be quiet, then forcibly held her down and raped her, Levin told jurors in her opening statement at Nieto's trial in state Supreme Court, St. George.

"It was the ultimate opportunity because of the vulnerability of that child. ... A few minutes, that was all it took. The defendant did what he wanted," said Levin, who is prosecuting the case along with Assistant District Attorney Tuesday Muller-Mondi. "A few minutes that changed a 7-year-old child's world."

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