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Published July 06 2012

Ex-Concordia linebacker sentenced for sex crime

MOORHEAD – A former football player for Concordia College will be on probation for 10 years after serving a 90-day jail term for molesting a Concordia freshman last year.

In May, Kenneth James Sanicolas Carino, 22, of Moorhead, pleaded guilty in Clay County District Court to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A charge of third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct and a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree sexual conduct were dropped.

Carino was sentenced to 90 days in jail and to pay a $500 fine. He was granted a work and school release and given credit for 18 days already served.

Carino, a Seattle native, was listed as a sophomore linebacker on the Cobbers 2009 roster but didn’t appear on the 2010 roster.

Court records state the victim told cops she went to a party at 728 Elm St. on Feb. 4, joining Carino in his bedroom as the party winded down after 2 a.m.

After taking a mini-stun gun away from the 18-year-old woman, Carino is alleged to have forced his hand in her leggings though she told police she asked him to stop four or five times, according to court records.