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Doctor sentenced to more than 33 years in prison

TAMPA — A former Port Richey family practice physician was sentenced Monday to 33 years and 9 months in federal prison for his conviction on child pornography charges.

Jurors found Dr. Richard Carino guilty on July 10 of three counts each of receipt and possession of child porn.

Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich gave him the maximum sentence.

"I see a deep darkness within you, sir," the judge told Carino, 48. "… You have hurt so many people. You don't deserve to be out in the community."

Carino's ex-wife testified about reporting her then-husband to authorities after she caught him viewing child porn. Autumn Carino told detectives about his habits when the Drug Enforcement Administration searched his office in 2005. Richard Carino was being investigated for illegally dispensing prescription drugs online.

Carino's sister, Dawn Carino, also testified against him. She told jurors Richard Carino sexually abused her when she was 11 and he was 16.

"The damage you affected to your own name, which your family treasured, isn't just a disgrace," Kovachevich told Richard Carino. "You have irrevocably damaged the name that your other family members carry."

Kevin Graham can be reached at kgraham@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3433.

Doctor sentenced to more than 33 years in prison 11/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:32pm]
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