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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

[FL] Ex Deputy Aponte gets fifteen years for terrifying assault on his girlfriend

...His ex-girlfriend testified he forced her to have sex, pointed a gun at her head and threatened to post a sex tape on the Internet. Aponte said the sex was consensual and denied pointing the gun.... The 55-year-old was found guilty May 29 on charges of sexual battery, extortion or threats and violating a restraining order by a Circuit Court jury...

Previous entries:
Polk Deputy Jose Aponte arrested for dv assault, rape, pointing gun
[FL] Guilty: Affair with Deputy Aponte "spiraled into fear and violence"


DEPUTY SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR RAPE
MiamiHerald.com, FL
Jun. 28, 2008
A former Polk County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping his ex-girlfriend. Circuit Judge Keith Spoto handed down the decision on 55-year-old Jose Aponte on Friday. Aponte's prison time will be followed by 10 years probation. The deputy spent five years with the sheriff's office before his arrest in August. His ex-girlfriend testified he forced her to have sex, pointed a gun at her head and threatened to post a sex tape on the Internet. Aponte said the sex was consensual and denied pointing the gun. He was found guilty May 29th of sexual battery, extortion or threats and violating a restraining order.
http://www.miamiherald.com/775/story/586709.html

EX- GETS 15 YEARS FOR RAPE, EXTORTION
JOSE APONTE, WHO WAS ARRESTED IN AUGUST, WILL ALSO SERVE 10 YEARS' PROBATION.

THE LEDGER
By Shoshana Walter shoshana.walter@theledger.com
June 28, 2008
Jose Aponte has gone from enforcing the law as a Polk County sheriff's deputy to facing the next 15 years in prison after being sentenced Friday for raping and threatening his ex-girlfriend. Aponte, who is now a sexual offender, will be on probation for 10 years after he is released from prison, under the sentence handed down by Circuit Judge Keith Spoto. The 55-year-old was found guilty May 29 on charges of sexual battery, extortion or threats and violating a restraining order by a Circuit Court jury. His nearly five-year career with the Sheriff's Office came to an end with his arrest in August. During the trial, Aponte's ex-girlfriend, a 41-year-old from Poinciana, told jurors that Aponte was intoxicated on the night he forced her to have sex, then pointed his handgun at her and then himself. Prosecutors said Aponte also later threatened to post a sex tape on the Internet to embarrass the woman. Her name has been withheld because she is a victim of a sex crime. Aponte testified that the sex was consensual and denied putting a handgun to her head or his own and threatening to commit suicide. He also said the woman had become upset with him after he told her that he planned to reconcile with his wife. She had threatened to kill herself with a kitchen knife, he said. The woman, who has five children, described to jurors how their relationship began. At the time, her husband was sick amid growing tensions in their marriage, she said. She said she told Aponte about her problems and the two began to date. Aponte's wife discovered the affair when he and his girlfriend moved in together. A few weeks later, the woman came home when Aponte was intoxicated and he raped her, leaving bruises on her body, she said.

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