A 41-year-old Poinciana woman told jurors that Aponte forced her to have sex, and then pointed his handgun at her and then himself. The woman said Aponte was intoxicated on the night he raped her and left bruises on her body.
Prosecutors also accused Aponte of later threatening to post a sex tape on the Internet to embarrass the woman. Her name is being withheld because she is a victim of a sex crime.
At trial, the defense argued that the woman was upset with Aponte because he planned to reconcile with his wife.
Aponte testified that he had consensual sex with the woman and left hickeys on her.
He denied putting a handgun to her head or pointing it at his head and threatening to commit suicide. Aponte said the woman was furious when she later discovered he wanted to go back to his wife. She threatened to kill herself with a kitchen knife, he said.
Ironically for a sexual predator, when Aponte was surrounded by fellow sheriff's deputies after the attack on his ex-girlfriend, he likened them to "birds of prey." He will be sentenced June 27.