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UPDATE 5/17/13

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County doctor charged with child pornography is suspended from practicing medicine.

Police say they found nearly 200 pictures of children portraying sexual acts on Bret Dunning's home computer.

Last week the Board of Medical Licensure suspended Dunning's medical licenses.

He owns the Dunning Medical Clinic in Prestonsburg.

It has been closed since Dunning's arrest.

The case was sent to the grand jury.

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Investigators say he had nearly 200 pornographic pictures of children on his computer. On Monday, police outlined their case against a Floyd County physician.

The defense for, Dr. Bret Dunning, was hoping to waive the pretrial hearing and get a bond reduction but after the judge heard from investigators about what exactly was found on Dr. Dunning's computer...he denied their requests.

Detective Jason Merlo says police found several images of children on Dunning's computer and viewed three of the images on the scene while searching Dunning's home on April 30th.

Detective Merlo explains, "One of the first images was called 'baby/sexy', it was a jpeg. It appeared to be that of a young girl between the ages of four and five completely nude with legs spread."

He described two other images viewed at the scene showing young girls performing sexual acts. Detective Merlo says, "Our investigation showed up to 176 possible images and videos associated with the IP address."

Detectives are still investigating Dunning's electronics and say more charges are possible including trafficking child pornography.

Assistant Floyd County Attorney says, "Children should be the most protected people in society and a crime like this is just so egregious and will be treated as harshly as possible."

Conditions of Dunning's bond include he must stay 1,000 feet away from any place under age children may be present and he is on strict home confinement.

Prosecutors say investigators are now preparing to present this case to the grand jury.

The defense did not wish to comment, but did say in the hearing that until proper forensic testing is done...there is the possibility Dr. Dunning's computer did contain some type of virus.

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - His clinic was beside a school and he was trusted with making sure you were in good health but on Tuesday police arrested a Floyd County doctor on child porn charges.

Dr. Bret Dunning was arrested at his home in the Dana community. Assistant Floyd County Attorney Tyler Green explains, "Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant and found several images of child pornography. At that time all of his computers and equipment were seized and forwarded on to the Kentucky State Police lab in Frankfort for further examination."

Prosecutors say, Dr. Bret Dunning, had images of children under the age of 10. Kentucky State Trooper Shaun Little says, "The search warrant was obtained on an online investigation that was being conducted here at Post 9."

Dunning owns and operates Dunning Medical Clinic. No one at the clinic which sits right off of Rt.114 in Prestonsburg could be reached for comment because as of Friday morning the office is temporarily closed.

Dunning entered a not guilty plea in Floyd County District Court on Wednesday and immediately posted a $25,000 cash bond.

Green says, "The defendant is required to stay 1,000 feet away from any school, daycare, or public place where there may be underage children present. He is no longer allowed to posess a computer or any electronic devices. He is on strict home confinement."

Dunning's next court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 1:30.

Neither Dunning or his attorney could be reached for comment

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County man sits behind bars facing child porn charges.

Officials say an online investigation led them to 50-year-old Bret Dunning's home in the Dana community.

He is charged with one count of possession of matter portraying sex performance of a minor.

Dunning was taken to the Floyd County Detention Center.


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