Doctor sentenced in child porn case


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Dr. Bret Dunning


PIKEVILLE — A Floyd County man, who previously admitted that he received nearly 30,000 images of child pornography, has been sentenced to nearly 14 years in federal prison.

On January 28, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves has sentenced Bret A. Dunning, 53, for receipt of child pornography. Judge Reeves has also ordered Dunning to pay $10,000 in restitution and has assessed a $1,750 fine. Under federal law, Dunning must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years. Dunning must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Dunning admitted, at his guilty plea, that he had downloaded child pornography images from the internet.

Dr. Bret Dunning was arrested in March of 2013 and charged with possession of matter portraying sex performance by a minor. He was later indicted by a grand jury on six counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

At the time of his arrest, investigators conducted a search of Dunning’s residence and said they found child pornography on Dr. Dunning’s computer, and pictures and videos depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Dunning operated an osteopathy practice located next to a preschool. His license was suspended following his arrest in April 2013.

Dunning pleaded guilty in October of 2015. Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Howard

Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, FBI; and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Dr. Bret Dunning
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