Convicted rapist charged in Sonora attack

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Accused found in attic of his Sonora home

By Bob White

Landmark News Service

A convicted rapist living in Sonora was arrested at his home July 28 after Kentucky State Police connected him to the attack of a 70-year-old woman.

KSP Detective Matt Johnson said Edward John Dipietro forced his way into a Broadway Street home around 8 p.m. July 26.

Once inside, Johnson said Dipietro covered the woman’s mouth so she couldn’t breathe, then sexually assaulted her.

Johnson said Dipietro then ordered her to close herself in a back room.

The woman’s daughter and granddaughter arrived at the home around that time and found a man inside. As they called police, Johnson said the attacker fled.

“He ran, pushing the daughter down and took the cell phone she was using to call 911,” Johnson said.

Dipietro was found hiding in the attic of his Sonora home, police said.

“He usually tries to run from us,” Johnson said. “This time he just hid. It took us about 10 minutes to get him down.”

Dipietro has a long history of run-ins with local police. According to state police and court records, Dipietro was convicted and imprisoned in the ‘90s on a charge of first-degree rape.

In 1999, he began his required lifetime registry with Kentucky’s Sex Offender Registry.

In 2004, Dipietro was returned to prison for violating conditions of his release " the result of an altercation with state police which included third-degree assault and fleeing charges.

Jail records show numerous bookings for Dipietro for other incidents and lesser charges.

He was on supervised release Sunday when the Sonora woman was assaulted.

According to police, the sexual attack occurred just hours after police responded to complaints of a disturbance that Dipietro was involved in Sunday afternoon,

“This guy’s been a thorn in our side for quite awhile,” Johnson said.

Dipietro is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center on the Class B and C felony charges of sodomy, burglary, second-degree robbery and resisting arrest.

His bond is set at more than $225,000, according to information included on arrest warrants.

Dipietro was arraigned on the charges in Hardin District Court in Elizabethtown.