OGDEN — A retired Weber County dentist sentenced to house arrest for possessing child porn has died.

Court documents indicate that Daniel Patrick Alston, 72, reportedly died Sunday night at McKay-Dee Hospital due to complications from a heart attack.

Alston was sentenced in February to serve 55 days through home confinement, according to court documents. His sentence originally called for 60 days in jail, but an Ogden district judge allowed Alston to serve the time through home confinement. Alston was given credit for the five days he had previously served at the Weber County Jail.

Alston pleaded guilty last December 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 also placed on a probation term for four years. He was ordered to complete sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender.

Alston’s case was closed Monday in wake of his death, with Utah Adult Probation and Parole terminating his probation unsuccessfully, citing his death, according to court filings.

He was arrested by agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force last year, 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, 2018, 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.

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.

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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