DiTrapano back in jail

by Chris Dickerson |
Aug. 30, 2006, 8:09am


CHARLESTON – Embattled Charleston attorney Dante DiTrapano is back in jail after violating terms of his home confinement.

Federal Magistrate Judge Mary Stanley ordered DiTrapano back to jail Tuesday after federal probation officers filed a petition showing DiTrapano violated the home confinement conditions of his bond at least 12 times in the 12 days since he was released from a Huntington drug rehabilitation center.

The petition, filed by Senior U.S. Probation Officer Lee A. Cueva, lists the times DiTrapano left his home in the South Hills section of Charleston from Aug. 17 to Aug. 27. Many of the times listed are late at night, overnight or very early in the morning.

For example, on the day he was released from rehab on Aug. 17, the petition says DiTrapano left his home at 10:26 p.m. and returned at 10:51 p.m. On Aug. 18, he left the home at 12:57 a.m. and returned at 1:10 a.m. A few hours later, he left again at 5:47 a.m. and returned at 5:59 a.m.

Other violations mention pre-approved times DiTrapano was to leave the home for counseling or AA/NA meetings, but the petition states that the absences do not correspond with the approved counseling or meetings. Other violations show that DiTrapano did not leave his home for approved treatment.

On Aug. 23, officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network System (MDENT) saw DiTrapano entering a residence near the intersection of Roosevelt and Jackson streets on Charleston's West Side when he was scheduled to be attending aftercare treatment.

So, DiTrapano now is in custody of U.S. marshals and will be held until a bond revocation hearing Tuesday in Bluefield before Chief U.S. District Judge David Faber.

DiTrapano was released from Prestera/PARCWEST in Huntington on Aug. 17. In an Aug. 14 order, Faber had 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.

In July, 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 on that charge is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Charleston.

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 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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