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Basketball Coach Gets 25 To Life For Child Sexual Assault Charges

Richard Dinizo was sentenced to 25-years-to-life after pleading guilty to three counts of predatory sexual assault
Richard Dinizo was sentenced to 25-years-to-life after pleading guilty to three counts of predatory sexual assault Photo Credit: New York State Police

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- A Cortlandt Manor man was sentenced to 25-years-to-life after pleading guilty to three counts of predatory sexual assault, according to a statement released by the Westchester County District Attorney's office.

Richard Dinizo, 55, pleaded guilty to tricking two 7-year-old girls and one 10-year-old girl into playing a tasting game that involved the girls performing acts of oral sex.

Dinizo made the victims wear a mask and recorded the lewd sexual acts that took place between March 1, 2008 and July 31, 2010.

According to police, Dinizo has been active as a volunteer coach for a private girls basketball team in the Westchester area dating to at least the mid-1990s.

The case was investigated by the New York State Police, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dinizo is also facing federal charges.