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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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5 Comments to “Report: Soldier pleads guilty to killing wife, raping stepdaughter”

    Amber said:
    November 14, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    What a sick sick man! I hope he spends his life in jail! Sympathy to the family of both people! My heart goes out to you.

    kate said:
    November 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    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 said:
    November 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    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.

    Mr Holmes said:
    February 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    what is all this old stuff

    beachbabi said:
    March 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    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??!!!!!

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