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Friday, August 17, 2012

Narragansett politico & restaurateur David Caprio owns house in DePetro case

32 Lorraine St. in Barrington is a 9,000-square-foot
vacation rental owned by former state Rep. David Caprio.

The Barrington house where radio shock jock John DePetro allegedly sexually harassed WPRO coworker Dee DeQuattro is owned by former state Rep. David Caprio.
Sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the address of the house in question as being 32 Lorraine St., a very high end vacation rental known as Beach House, a 9,000-square-foot, 1895 Victorian-style mansion that rents for $8,800 in the summertime, according to a vacation rental website.

Barrington property records indicate the property is owned by John LaRochelle and David Caprio, both Providence attorneys. It is appraised at $1,545,800 and has 24 rooms, 14 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms.

Caprio, a Democrat, was a state legislator representing Narragansett from 1999 until 2010 when he lost in a primary to Rep. Teresa Tanzi. His brother Frank ran for governor against Linc Chafee and famously told President Obama to “shove it.” Their father Frank is a well-known local TV judge on the show “Caught in Providence.”
A phone number of the vacation rental website rings Caprio’s phone, who could not be immediately reached for comment. According to a press release dated January 21, 2011 from his web designer, Caprio has recently stepped up efforts to rent the property.

“Former State Representative David Caprio recently stepped up efforts to attract visitors to his 9,000 square foot vacation home in Barrington, Rhode Island,” reads the press release. “
Although the Victorian estate, affectionately known as the Beach Mansion, has been available for booking in the past, Caprio received fewer reservations than he would have liked.”
According to DeQuattro’s lawsuit, her and DePetro were to get lunch together on the afternoon of May 21.
“DePetro instead stated he had another place in mind and drove to a house on a dead end street in Barrington,” according to the filing. “Plaintiff inquired where they were and DePetro said he owned the property and insisted plaintiff exit the car and come into the house while he retrieved an item. While inside the house DePetro made sexual advances towards the Plaintiff.”
DeQuattro declined to comment on the lawsuit or the house in question.
Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.