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Report: Soldier pleads guilty to killing wife, raping stepdaughter

TACOMA — An Army staff sergeant pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his wife to death on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and raping her daughter, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported.

Staff Sgt. Robert S. Chiaravallotti, 41, has been charged with murder, rape of a child and assault of a child.

The News Tribune said the soldier told a military judge Thursday that he stabbed his wife, Dionne Chiaravallotti, 39, to death Aug. 25, 2012, after he told her that he had been having sex with her 14-year-old daughter for a year and showed her a video of the girl stripping. He said his wife became enraged and charged him and he stabbed her.

He told the judge he had intended to stab his stepdaughter, too. Instead, he said, he raped his 14-year-old stepdaughter after she witnessed him kill her mother, Chiaravallotti told the judge, according to the newspaper.

The News Tribune said Judge Maj. Stefan R. Wolfe accepted Chiaravallotti’s plea, but no sentence was immediately handed down.

Chiaravallotti is stationed at Lewis-McChord. At the time of the crimes, officials said he was stationed in South Korea, where he served in the Eighth Army Band, and was visiting JBLM.

In August, The News Tribune said a woman who identified herself as Dionne Chiaravallotti’s mother told the newspaper that her granddaughter witnessed the attack and that the girl said her father stabbed her mother multiple times about 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

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  • kate

    This is why we cant trust anyone not even people we trust to serve our country me as a mother its already hard for me to trust people like child care facilities to watch my kids this just sickens me this is heart breaking also I am so sorry for the family and friends of the ones involved in this

  • jane doe

    This story is old and has nothing new to report. It appeared on the news a couple months ago on Q13 in 5 second clip.
    We cannot lead lives filled with fear or anxieties because of the actions of others.

  • beachbabi

    Really???? I wonder if the family, especially the children, who will now forever be without their mother, feel this is "old stuff"? I wonder if they are able to live their lives without "fear, or anxieties because of the actions of others??!!!!!

    • Felicia Montoya

      For real. Old stuff. Im the oldest daughter of Dionne . And I would appreciate it if people could have a little respect for my mother. RIP MOMMA