OGDEN — A South Ogden dentist pleaded guilty last week to amended charges alleging he downloaded and possessed child porn before being caught earlier this year.

Daniel Patrick Alston, 72, signed off on a plea agreement on Thursday, Dec. 20, that included Alston pleading guilty to five counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, a third-degree felony, which was reduced from his original second-degree felony charges.

He also had five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Alston was arrested by agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in February, after an agent noticed an IP address offering to share “child sexual exploitation material” two months prior, according to charging documents. The agent received the illegal files from IP address and later learned the IP address was registered to Alston.

On Feb. 15, Alston’s South Ogden home was searched, and police found child porn files in his home.

Alston allegedly told police post Miranda that he downloaded the files due to his “curiosity” and the “forbidden” nature of the pornography, according to charging documents.

Court records show Alston posted $30,000 in bail money days after his arrest and agreed to surrender all 16 firearms he had in his possession, including an AR-15 and an AK47.

Alston is listed online as a dentist at the Alston Family Dental Center in Washington Terrace, which does not appear to still be in business. Alston has three professional dental licenses to practice through the state, according to a state-maintained online database. One is listed as active, the others as “expired” and “limited active.”

The plea agreement reached last week recommends that Alston be given concurrent sentences and that he be sentenced to home confinement instead of jail time. The final decision will be made by a judge.

Each of the third-degree felonies Alston pleaded guilty to could carry a potential prison sentence of zero to five years.

Alston’s next court appearance will be for sentencing, which is scheduled to take place on Feb. 7 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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