A 58-year old Manchester man and convicted sex offender was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this month for sexually abusing an underage victim.
Steven Peter Disipio, 58, who has been in custody since his arrest last April, pleaded no contest on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in a Hartford Superior Courtroom to charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and was ordered to pay a $151 fine for each offense and serve four years in prison.
Disipio was facing a litany of charges stemming from a period of allegedly prolonged sexual contact and advances against three minor victims – ages 15, 10 and five years old – all of whom have the same biological mother, that date back to at least 2005. Two of the three victims – the oldest and the youngest – lived under the same roof as Disipio at the time of the abuse.
The Hartford Courant reports that Disipio pleaded no contest to the two sexual assault charges against the girl who was 10 at the time of the abuse in exchange for the state's declining to prosecute the cases of the other two girls.
Disipio was facing more serious charges, including first-degree sexual assault, which could have resulted in longer prison sentences had the case gone to trial. But the Hartford Courant reported that prosecutors were hesitant to try the cases against Disipio because they did not want to run the risk of losing; the plea agreement was an attempt to ensure that Disipio was jailed for his crimes.
Disipio is currently being held at the MacDougal-Walker Correction Institution in Suffield and is not eligible for release until Sept. 11, 2016. Upon his release, Disipio will be listed on the state's sex offender registry and will still be required to serve an additional six years of special parole.
The mother of the three girls was sentenced in May to five years of probation for two counts of risk of injury to a minor, according to the Courant, because she was aware of the ongoing abuse by Disipio but did nothing to prevent it.
Disipio was convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault against a minor in October of 1995, a misdemeanor offense, for sexually abusing a minor from the time she was seven to the time she was 13. He remained on probation for that offense until January of 1998.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Disipio entered a no contest plea on Oct. 12, 2012. Disipio pled no contest on Sept. 12, 2012.