Law & Order: Supplemental Intent

Sex offender claims behavior was side effect of Chinese nutritional supplement.

It wasn't the devil that made him do it.

It was the Chinese nutritional supplements.

A former youth basketball coach found guilty of three counts of predatory sexual assault of a child this week in Westchester County, New York blamed his behavior on Chinese nutritional supplements, reports USA Today.
Richard Dinizo, 59, a former youth basketball coach received the maximum sentence, 25 years to life.

The sentence will be served without supplements.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Dinizo's acts went "way beyond the bounds of even the acts of ordinary sex offenders they come across, and that his explanations for his crimes — libido driven by the herbal supplement and depression — were grossly inadequate,” according to the paper.

But Joseph Abinanti, Dinizo's lawyer, called Dinizo's behavior an "aberration." "I'm still puzzled by this short period of bizarre behavior," Abinanti said, before conceding that Dinizo would likely never be a free man again. "Some demon must have gotten into his brain or his world." Dinizo, however, insists it was the supps.

A far more legitimate claim about traditional Chinese herbal medicine was made earlier this year in research accepted for publication in Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism(JCEM) which suggests promise for the herbs in slowing the progression from prediabetes to a diabetes diagnosis.

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