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A sketch shows Anton Paul Rapati in an Edmonton courtroom. ((CBC))

A judge on Thursday found an elderly man guilty of molesting a boy from St. Albert three decades ago.

Anton Paul Rapati, 85, was convicted of indecent assault, buggery and gross indecency.

Court of Queen's Bench Judge Sterling Sanderman sentenced Rapati to 25 months in prison.

Rapati was acquitted on two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency involving the boy's three siblings.

The complaints, originally filed in 1991, said the assaults occurred as far back as 1972.

Rapati was supposed to go on trial 15 years ago, but he vanished and police believed he fled to the Netherlands.

RCMP arrested Rapati on Sept. 15 in St. Albert after they received a tip that he had returned to the city, which is near Edmonton. His trial began Wednesday.

Rapati, who has a bushy white beard, walks slowly and has trouble standing. He had to wear a hearing device in the prisoner's box to take in everything that was said about him in court.

On Wednesday, one of the brothers took the witness stand, telling the court that he was assaulted by Rapati dozens of times as a young teenager. The man broke down on the stand when he told the courts the assaults caused him "a lot of shame and a lot of anguish."

His sister then testified that Rapati assaulted her for about four years, starting when she was 10. Rapati asked her to promise to keep the assaults a secret, she said.

Corrections

  • Anton Paul Rapati was convicted of indecent assault, buggery and gross indecency on one boy and acquitted of the charges in relation to the boy's siblings. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Rapati was convicted of molesting all the siblings in the family.
    Jul 06, 2010 4:37 AM MT