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Search resumes for suspected child rapist who police had — and released

Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-17 18:36:33-04

GRANITEVILLE, Staten Island -- Daniel Nieto, 32, was hanging out in a vacant home on Richmond Avenue at about 2:45 a.m. on August 6. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and released from the 121 precinct. But that proved to be a big mistake.

Police say minutes before they arrested him, he made his way into an unlocked door of an adjacent home and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl.

What's more alarming is that the attack was random -- Nieto has no connection to the victim or her family. Police say they have only now learned these new details because the 7-year-old had the courage to tell her parents.

Nieto is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds.

He was last seen with short black hair, a white t-shirt, black vest, brown pants and shoes.​