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Houston Surgeon Sentenced To Prison For Child Porn

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Dr. Bernard Albina (Photo Credit: provided)

Dr. Bernard Albina (Photo Credit: provided)

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Houston surgeon was sentenced to prison for child porn. On Tuesday, Dr. Bernard Albina pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal handed the sentence to the former doctor and also ordered the 73-year-old to pay a $75,000 fine as well as spend the rest of his life on probation once his sentence is completed. Dr. Albina received the maximum sentence that could be imposed.

Dr. Albina was arrested back in 2012 and has been in custody since due to being seen as a flight risk by authorities.

According to prosecutors, Albina inappropriately associated with several young boys and took photos of some of them.

Officials obtained search warrants for Albina’s property and uncovered dozens of DVDs, video tapes, CDs and printed images that were of child pornography.

A former orthopedic surgeon, Albina was also accused of molesting young boys and allowing some of his victims’ families to live in homes where they paid no rent. He also reportedly paid the relatives exorbitant amounts of money to keep quit about the molestation and child pornography.

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