A violent sexual terrorist was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl while threatening her with scissors during a disturbingly similar assault to ones that had previously gotten him sent to prison, prosecutors said Thursday.
A Brooklyn jury found Bennett Castello, 42, guilty of the barbaric April 2013 attack in the laundry room of a Gravesend building after he followed the young teen into an elevator and forced her into the basement.
He violated her and said he’d kill her if she told anyone, testimony showed, but the brave girl ran to her apartment upstairs and told her parents.
“This defendant’s brutal attack on an innocent and defenseless child is unforgivable,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. “He has proven himself unfit to live in a civilized society and now must be locked up as punishment for his deplorable crimes and to protect others.”
The white rapist is facing 25 years to life in prison for the top count of predatory sexual assault, returned by the jury Wednesday. He’s set to be sentenced next month.
His crime came less than four years after he was paroled following a 14-year sentence stemming from three sexual assaults on young women between 1995 and 1997 in which he also used a sharp object, records show.
A source said prosecutors asked for 25 years in prison back then, but the pedophile took a plea deal from the judge on that case over the DA’s objections.
He was released as a level-3 sex offender after 12 years — the maximum allowable time after credit for good behavior.
The Rapist’s defense lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.