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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Westchester Man Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison For Engaging In, And Videotaping, Sexual Activity With Minors And For Transporting His Homemade Videotapes To Recipients Outside Of New York

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that RICHARD DINIZO was sentenced in White Plains federal court to 50 years in prison for engaging in sexual activity with seven different minors, all under the age of 11 at the time of the sexual activity, for videotaping the sexual abuse, and for transporting videos depicting DINIZO engaging in sexual activity with minors to recipients outside of New York. DINIZO pled guilty in May 2014 before United States District Judge Vincent Briccetti, who also imposed today’s sentence.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “This case underscores the urgent need for law enforcement to continue its efforts to protect children from those who prey on them. Today’s 50-year sentence is a measure of how reprehensible is the conduct of those who will sexually exploit children. We will use every tool available to law enforcement to investigate, prosecute and punish those who sexually abuse children.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:

In March of 2013, a witness provided a camera memory card, discarded by DINIZO in or about August 2012, to law enforcement. The memory card contained a series of videos made in 2009 and 2010 depicting DINIZO and a girl under the age of 11 (“Victim 1”) engaging in sexually explicit activity. DINIZO used trickery and deceit in order to manipulate Victim 1 into engaging in the sexual activity captured on the videos.

Thereafter, during the course of the investigation, additional evidence was recovered from DINIZO revealing additional videos – made by DINIZO between 2007 and 2010 – and additional victims. Ultimately, law enforcement identified seven different victims, all under the age of 11at the time of the abuse. With all seven victims, DINIZO used trickery and deceit. In many instances, DINIZO recorded the sexual abuse using multiple cameras simultaneously. The different cameras captured the abuse from different vantage points.

DINIZO transported his homemade videos to recipients outside New York. His video files have been recovered in numerous law enforcement investigations throughout the country and internationally. Until DINIZO’s arrest, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”), which receives child pornography files recovered by law enforcement, had not been able to identify the girls depicted in the videos and had not been able to identify the place at which the abuse occurred.

In addition to the 50-year prison term, DINIZO, 60, of Cortlandt Manor, New York, was

sentenced to a life term of supervised release.

On December 12, 2013, DINIZO pleaded guilty to three counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child in Westchester County Supreme Court. On February 18, 2014, DINIZO was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Mr. Bharara praised the efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, the Putnam County Sherriff’s Office, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, and NCMEC in connection with this investigation.

The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.

Press Release Number: 
15-044
Updated May 14, 2015