A former western Pennsylvania physician who lost his license in an alleged sex-for-pills scheme in 2002 has pleaded guilty to attempting to possess explicit cellphone pictures of a 15-year-old girl earlier this year.
Monday's plea agreement calls for Robert Franzino, 60, to receive six-and-a-half-years in prison when he returns for sentencing Feb. 27 before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Franzino was arrested by state authorities in March for allegedly setting up a sexual encounter with the 15-year-old girl. The feds took over the case in May and indicted him on a charge of enticing the girl into an underage sexual relationship, which carried 10 years to life in prison.
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Defense attorney Stanton Levenson says Franzino agreed to plead guilty to the lesser, related charge to avoid a potentially longer sentence.