DiTrapano released from rehab, now on home confinement

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 25, 2006


CHARLESTON – Embattled attorney Dante DiTrapano has been released from a Huntington rehabilitation center and is on home confinement pending sentencing.

DiTrapano was released from Prestera/PARCWEST in Huntington on Aug. 17, according to Tracy Dorsey-Chapman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District Court of West Virginia.

In an Aug. 14 order, Chief Judge David A. Faber ordered DiTrapano to remain free on bond with standard conditions and with the special conditions of home confinement and full cooperation in any aftercare treatment directed by his probation officer.

Last month, DiTrapano pleaded guilty to a federal drug and weapons charge and was ordered into a drug treatment facility until his sentencing. DiTrapano pleaded guilty to a charge that he was a drug addict in possession of firearms, which is a violation of federal law.

After pleading guilty last month before going to rehab, DiTrapano paid a $10,000 bond and signed court documents agreeing to, among other things, not possess firearms or weapons, not to travel outside the Southern District of West Virginia. He also agreed to submit to random urine tests.

DiTrapano's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Charleston.

Michael Del Guidice, DiTrapano's attorney, earlier said DiTrapano initially was in denial about his drug problems, but has accepted he needs help. Del Giudice said DiTrapano pleaded guilty in hopes that his admission will help him to continue practicing law.

DiTrapano had been a partner in his father's law firm. But after his arrest, his name was taken off the office roster. Rudy DiTrapano has not commented on his son's arrest.

DiTrapano's recent string of troubles began in March when he and his wife Teri were arrested at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Hilton Hotel and charged with possession of crack cocaine. Both of them were released on bond from Pinellas County Jail. The couple, as well as three individuals from the area, also was arrested for possession and a variety of other charges. Those charges still are pending.

Officials said there were 73 pieces of crack cocaine and 21 grams of powder cocaine in the room when the arrests occurred. Dante DiTrapano told officers he and the others were having one last party before he entered a drug rehab facility there.

DiTrapano was arrested again March 26 in Pinellas County, Fla., on a warrant for failing to appear at a motion hearing in connection with the crack cocaine charges. DiTrapano was in the intensive care unit of a Tampa hospital late in March.

In April, federal, state and local agents confiscated guns, ammunition, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and other personal items during a six-hour search of the DiTrapano home.

In May, Teri DiTrapano and son Zachary were arrested on misdemeanor charges after State Troopers responded to a call in Charleston's South Hills section.

Also in May, NFL star Randy Moss dropped Dante DiTrapano as his agent.

In early June, DiTrapano was cited with four driving related charges after a State Trooper pulled him over near St. Albans because of an expired state inspection sticker and an expired registration. DiTrapano also couldn't produce proof of insurance or a current operator's license because it already had been suspended. And DiTrapano already had been convicted of driving suspended on Nov. 21, 2005.

In a petition filed last month with the state Supreme Court, the State Bar asked that DiTrapano's license be suspended. The Supreme Court said set a hearing for Sept. 13. The court, however, did not appoint a trustee to serve diTrapano's clients.

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