The 50-year-old career criminal was released from prison on Friday, December 16th and one week later to the day, allegedly sexually assaulted the 15-year-old boy after flashing a phony police badge. Pappas was picked up this morning after a police foot chase through the Sunset Park neighborhood.
"He was identified from the sketch by a sergeant, a supervisor in the 72nd precinct," said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "The sketch was a very good likeness. The sergeant said the individual was arrested for essentially the same act in 1999."
According to Brooklyn State Senator Golden, Pappas has a rap sheet dating back to 1985 and never should have been released early but instead should have stayed in prison until 2013.
"This individual hurt a 15-year-old and his family. They are scarred for life," Golden told PIX 11 News. "One wonders if it was just a matter of dollars and cents."
At the Sunset Park subway station where the suspect allegedly forced his victim into a white van to sexually assault him, there was relief, but even more questions about this serial sex offender.
"Why didn't they put him in a hospital?, " asked Sunset Park resident John Agueda. "He's obviously sick. They never should have let him out."