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UPDATE: Floyd Doctor Indicted on Multiple Counts of Child Porn Arraigned

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/17/13 @ 1:30 p.m.
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) – A Floyd County doctor facing child porn charges was back in court Wednesday.

Dr. Bret Dunning, 50, Dana, Kentucky, was arraigned in Floyd County Circuit Court on six counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. A grand jury recently indicted Dunning on the multiple counts.

Kentucky State Police arrested Dr. Dunning on April 30 and charged him with one count of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

During Wednesday’s arraignment, Dunning's bond remained at $25,000. He is also on strict home confinement and not permitted to be within a 1,000 feet of any facility where there are children under 18, and he cannot have access to any computers or electronic devices.

His next hearing is set for December.

In May, the State of Kentucky suspended his medical license.

Also in May during his preliminary hearing in Floyd County District Court, KSP Trooper Jason Merlo testified that during a search of Dunning’s home computer, investigators said they found approximately five images of child pornography. Merlo said the images were of children between the ages of four and seven-years-old.

Merlo also testified that additional charges could be added because after further investigation a possible 176 images and videos associated with the IP address were found.

The trooper also said the downloads go back to April 2011.

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UPDATE 5/16/13
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The State of Kentucky has suspended the medical license of a Floyd County doctor facing child porn charges.

Dr. Bret Dunning, 50, Dana, Ky., was arrested April 30 and charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Troopers arrested Dunning following an online investigation by detectives at the Pikeville State Police post.

The Board of Medical Licensure suspended Dunning’s license to practice medicine on May 8.

According to the incident report, troopers found three images of child porn on a home computer during a search of his residence. The children in the images were reported to be between four and seven-years-old.

Following his preliminary hearing, the case was sent to the grand jury.

Dunning remains on strict home confinement.

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UPDATE 5/6/13 @ 4 p.m.
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Gasps could be heard though a Floyd County court room as testimony was given describing images allegedly found on a doctor's computer of young children performing sexual acts.

Dr. Bret Dunning, 50, Dana, Ky., was arrested last week and charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

During Monday’s preliminary hearing in Floyd County District court, KSP Trooper Jason Merlo testified that during a search of Dunning’s home computer, investigators said they found approximately 5 images of child pornography. Merlo said the images were of children between the ages of four and seven-years-old.

Merlo also testified that additional charges could be added because after further investigation a possible 176 images and videos associated with the IP address were found.

The trooper also said the downloads go back to April 2011. Dunning’s computer has been sent to Frankfort for further examination.

Assistant Floyd County Attorney Tyler Green says the facts in this case are so strong that the conditions of bond should remain high, and that home incarceration should continue.

“Anytime children are involved, we feel like children should be the most protected people in society and a crime like this is so terrible and will be treated as harshly as possible," said Green.

Dunning's bond remains at $25,000 and he will remain on strict home confinement. The case will now be presented to a grand jury.



UPDATE 5/2/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A doctor from Floyd County has posted bond following his arrest on child porn charges.

Kentucky State Police arrested Dr. Bret Dunning, 50, of Dana, at his home on Tuesday.

Troopers say Dunning was arrested and charged following an online investigation by detectives at the Pikeville post.

According to the incident report, troopers found three images of child porn on a home computer during a search of his residence. The children in the images were reported to be between 4 and 7-years-old.

Dunning was arraigned on one count of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor during a hearing Wednesday in Floyd County District Court.

Bond for Dunning was set at $25,000 cash which he posted following the hearing.

Court officials say other conditions of his bond are that he be on “strict” home confinement. Dunning is also not permitted to be within a 1,000 feet of any facility where there are children under 18, and he cannot have access to any computers or electronic devices.

Dunning’s medical practice is located along Hillside Center Drive in Prestonsburg.

The practice shares a parking lot with a preschool. The administrator at the preschool tells WSAZ.com that parents have been notified of the situation.

Dunning's office told WSAZ.com they have no comment on the arrest.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/1/13
DANA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Floyd County has been arrested and charged with possession of child porn.

Kentucky State Police arrested Bret Dunning, 50, of Dana, at his home on Tuesday.

Troopers say the arrest followed an online investigation by detectives at the Pikeville post.


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