Utah dentist faces child pornography charges

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OGDEN, Utah (News4Utah) – A Utah dentist is accused of sharing child pornography online.

Daniel Patrick Alston, a dentist in Ogden, faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a probable cause statement, in December 2017, an undercover officer with Layton police interacted with Alston who offered to share illegal files.

On February 15, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at Alston’s home. According to court documents, that’s when investigators found child pornography on his computer. 

Police say Alston admitted to downloading the files due to “curiosity” and the “forbidden” nature of the material.

Alston taken into custody and booked into the Weber County Jail. Investigators requested a $250,000 bail be set because Alston owns property out of the country and he is a practicing dentist, so he has access to children and patients on a regular basis.

The Division of Occupational and Professional licensing issued a non-disciplinary limitation order on Alston’s license. That means Alston is not allowed to practice as a dentist in any way until the allegations have been resolved. 

The order however is not a finding of unprofessional or unlawful conduct. 

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