Monday, January 07, 2013

Dentist Melvin Ehrlich Facing Pornography Charges Suspends Practice

Melvin A. Ehrlich of Millis, a pediatric dentist, is facing pornography charges

This suspension was pretty much dictated by the circumstances and not as terms of his bail.

Parents whose children still attend the practice of pediatric dentist Melvin Ehrlich, also known as Dr. Mel, received an email from him this weekend that he is suspending his practice immediately, while he defends himself against pornography charges..

Effective tomorrow, Jan. 7, "I have turned my practice, including orthodontics, over to Cranberry Dental Associates of Carver, Massachusetts who will be operating the business as Cranberry Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. They will be making all decisions as they manage and fully operate the
practice and will begin seeing patients immediately," wrote Ehrlich.

The day after Christmas, Ehrlich, 52, of Millis, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography (three counts) and distribution of child pornography (two counts).

The next day, he pled not guilty on the charges.

The Commonwealth requested that the defendant be held on $25,000 cash bail with the following conditions: commit no crimes, have no contact with children under 18, no unsupervised contact with his own child, no employment or volunteer work with children under 18, no computer or Internet use, and wear a GPS monitor and check in with probation.

Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco released the defendant on $10,000 cash bail with conditions to commit no new crimes and no use of computer except at place of business for work-related purposes only.

The dentist responds:

"Although I am confident that I will be able to successfully defend these charges, I know you can appreciate the impact that these allegations have had on my life. These allegations have created a stigma that may require both a favorable verdict from the courts and the passage of time to heal. I have agonized over what would be the right decision to make, not for myself, but for all those who have placed their trust in me. As  a result, I have decided to immediately suspend my practice of dentistry in Framingham," wrote Ehrlich in the email.

Dr.Ehrlich will next be in court on February 11 for a pre-trial conference.

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