|Melvin A. Ehrlich|
(Scroll down for video) A dentist was arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child porn, according to court proceedings in Massachusetts.
The judge in this case however, allowed the man to continue treating little children despite facing serious child porn charges, according to the court proceedings.
The pediatric dentist accused of possessing and distributing child pornography can still treat the children in his Framingham, Massachusetts, dental office, the judge ruled, according to a news release from the office of the Middlesex District Attorney.
Melvin A. Ehrlich, 52, was charged Thursday in Framingham District Court, on three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child pornography, according to the statement.
Ehrlich, who was arrested Wednesday, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, according to district attorney's office spokesperson Stephanie Chelf Guyotte.
"While the case remains under investigation and development, there is currently no evidence that leads the police to believe that Ehrlich physically abused any child or produced any images of child pornography," according to the press release.
Ehrlich had sent his laptop to a service provider for maintenance, according to the statement. The service provider contacted police after observing downloaded images of child pornography on the computer, the statement said.
"The authorities immediately launched an investigation, which revealed that Ehrlich had used his laptop with different user names to download and distribute commercially traded images of child pornography," the statement said.
The statement said that the Framingham District Judge Robert Greco, released Ehrlich on bail of $10,000 cash with the condition of not committing new crimes and not to use a computer except in his place of business for work-related purposes only.
The prosecutor had requested that Ehrlich have no contact with children under 18 and to be held on cash bail of $25,000. The judge denied the prosecution request.
Ehrlich operates a business called Wee Care for Kids, according to the district attorney's office.