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Prosecutor: Pediatric dentist facing child porn possession charges is still allowed to practice

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Prosecutor: Pediatric dentist facing child porn possession charges

By Laura Ly and Rande Iaboni, CNN
updated 10:16 PM EST, Thu December 27, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A pediatric dentist is facing child pornography possession and distribution charges
  • A judge rules the dentist, who entered a not-guilty plea, can continue working
  • A prosecutor says there's no evidence the dentist abused children or manufactured porn
  • But the prosecutor had asked that the dentist have no contact with children under 18

(CNN) -- A pediatric dentist charged with possession and distribution of child pornography can still treat children at his Framingham, Massachusetts, dental office under a judge's ruling, according to a news release from the Middlesex district attorney's office.

Melvin A. Ehrlich, 52, was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court on three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child pornography, according to the release.

Ehrlich, who was arrested Wednesday, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, according to Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

"While the case remains under development and investigation, there is currently no evidence that presently leads law enforcement to believe that Ehrlich physically abused any children or manufactured any images of child pornography," the news release said.

Ehrlich had sent his laptop computer to a service provider for maintenance work, according to the release. The service provider contacted Framingham police after observing downloaded images of child pornography on the computer, the release said.

Authorities immediately launched an investigation that they say revealed Ehrlich had used the laptop "under various user names to download and distribute commercially traded child pornography images," the release said.

The release stated that Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco released Ehrlich on $10,000 cash bail with conditions to commit no new crimes and not to use a computer except at his place of business for work-related purposes only. The prosecutor had requested that Ehrlich have no further contact with children under 18 and that he be held on $25,000 cash bail.

Efforts by CNN to reach the judge Thursday were unsuccessful. Calls by CNN to Ehrlich's attorney were not immediately returned.

"Children are our most vulnerable victims," said Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone. "We will continue to prosecute to the fullest extent those who exploit them."

Ehrlich operates a business called Wee Care for Kids, according to the district attorney's office.

A website for Wee Care for Kids in Framingham features "'Dr. Mel' -- Melvin A. Ehrlich, D.D.S., P.C." and describes the practice as "Individualized Preventative Dental Care for Toddlers, Children, Adolescents and those with Special Needs."

A page titled "A Personal Welcome from Dr. Ehrlich" says that he chose a career in pediatric dentistry because "I love being around children. They're so honest, humorous and fun. I find it very refreshing and wouldn't give it up for anything."

Ehrlich is expected to appear in court on February 11 for a pre-trial conference.

Naughty Wittle Puppy

by on Dec. 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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FunnyKids
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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Where are the moms who were saying we should (and have to) leave our kids in the dentist room alone?? Things like this are why I INSIST on being in the room, I don't care what your office policy is, I'll find a new dentist if you tell me I have to leave the room.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Dec. 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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 I'm wondering if some of the porn he downloaded actually caused his computer to crash. Porn sites of any kind are rife with viruses. And since he's older, he may not have realized that that stuff was still traceable on his hard drive.

Quoting TranquilMind:

I find this confusing.  What doctor is dumb enough to download porn and then send that laptop somewhere for servicing?  That's pretty dumb. 

I imagine he has lost a lot of business from the moment it became public.

 

dustinsmom1
by JENN on Dec. 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

 Yet another reason my child is never out of my sight in the drs or the dentist office. When he had surgery he was, but there were nurses, anesthesiologist etc present.

TikkiNippets
by Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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this is why I love the dentist office my girls go to it's big and open and parents are allowed to sit with them.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Mine is too

Quoting TikkiNippets:

this is why I love the dentist office my girls go to it's big and open and parents are allowed to sit with them.


Naughty Wittle Puppy

darlingdaisy
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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 That's what ours does too.  There are only rooms for fillings, but the door is open and there is an assistant with the denist.

Quoting NWP:

Many of the pediatric dentists I have been to use big, open work rooms with several chairs and assistants all working together. There are no closed door offices. It is nice.

Quoting TranquilMind:

I read a bit about this case.  THIS is why I would never, ever, ever let a young child go back alone without me as so many pediatric dentists demand these days.

I took my kids to one of the "best" ped dentists in my town when my kids were little.  I went back with them, of course.  A few months later, they decided to implement this policy.  They attempted to extract my crying 2 year old son out of my arms and take him far away down a long hall, where nothing was visible to parents.   I said absolutely not, that I WAS going back.  So glad I stuck to my gut instincts.  We immediately found another dentist who welcomes parents back anytime. 


 

momtimesx4
by Silver Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Innocent until proven guilty?  Guess not.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM


Quoting momtimesx4:

Innocent until proven guilty?  Guess not.

Not if he's working on my child.

Lemme guess...you've already got your appointment with him first thing Monday morning?

momtimesx4
by Silver Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Nope.  Don't even live anywhere near that location.


 

Quoting UpSheRises:

 

Quoting momtimesx4:

Innocent until proven guilty?  Guess not.

Not if he's working on my child.

Lemme guess...you've already got your appointment with him first thing Monday morning?


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