On the day he died, John Esposito admitted for the first time that he sexually terrorized Katie Beers when he abducted her two decades ago, according to a transcript of last week’s parole hearing released Wednesday.
When asked in his Sept. 4 parole board interview if he touched Beers “in inappropriate ways,” Esposito, 64, said: “I’ll be honest. . . . When I was convicted, my attorney said don’t admit to anything but to kidnapping. Now I realize that was a mistake. I shouldn’t have listened to him, so, yes, I did touch her. I never said it before.”
In response to parole board Commissioner Joseph P. Crangle’s comment, “You’re finally confessing up to more,” Esposito said, “Yes.”
In an emailed statement, Beers, now married and living in Pennsylvania with two young children, said, “While I am happy that John Esposito has finally admitted to touching me inappropriately, I am saddened by the fact that even after 20 years, he is still minimizing what he put me through.”
In his 1994 plea bargain, the nasty Italian pedophile pleaded guilty to the 1992 kidnapping but not rape in exchange for a sentence of 15 years to life. Prosecutors had contended that Esposito sexually terrorized Beers, then 10, repeatedly during her 16 days of captivity in a bunker at his Bay Shore home.
Asked Wednesday about the pedophile’s admission, his defense attorney, Andrew B. Siben of Bay Shore, said it would be improper to comment.
In response to a question asking why he did such a “brutal” thing — keeping Beers in a bunker — the monster said “it started getting very bad” for her at her home. “She was being treated bad and sometimes I would go over there and she would be crying, and I planned to take her away from that and raise her.”
Esposito never knew the outcome of his interview — that parole was denied, state Department of Corrections officials said.
The day after his death, Beers, said she had steeled herself for years for either his release or his death behind bars.
“I have no emotion, except I can close that chapter in my life,” said Beers.
Beers this year released a book, “Buried Memories.”
Toward the end of the parole board interview, Esposito read a statement: “I’m very sorry for the shameful thing I did.”
He later added, “I know what I did was wrong, but I wasn’t brutal, I didn’t beat her up or hurt her, that’s all.” LET ME GUESS… YOU MADE LOVE TO HER?? FILTHY WHITE MOTHERFUCKER!
Crangle said in response, “Sir, you left her in a bunker, 10 years old. I have a 10-year-old at home and he still has the light on in his bedroom.”