LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky State Police have arrested a Louisville dentist on child pornography charges.
The Electronic Crimes Branch of KSP searched the home of Gregory C. Witte, a dentist at A Winning Smile Dental Center on Robbs Lane, and found devices containing numerous files which appeared to show child sexual exploitation, according to court records.
During an undercover police investigation, an online account associated with Witte distributed two video files of exploitation, leading police to request a search warrant, an arrest report for Witte says.
During the search, police found numerous files on devices at Witte's home with names indicating that they might be child pornography. An officer viewed 17 of the files and verified that they showed child sexual exploitation, the report says.
According to a profile on the website for A Winning Smile, Witte is also the musical director at a local church.
Witte faces 17 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance of a minor, and two counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor (1st offense).
Witte, 54, was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections early Thursday morning. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
The arrest citation for Witte indicates that he has requested a lawyer.
Kentucky State Police said they could not add much to the details given in an arrest report, but they did say troopers have no reason to believe Witte's patients were involved in any way.
David Beyer, Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry, said that a dentist convicted of a Class A, B or C Felony could lose his or her license. However, possession or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor is a Class D felony in Kentucky. A first offense of distributing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor is also a Class D felony. Any additional offenses make it a Class C felony. That means if Witte were to be convicted of the charges he faces, he likely would not face losing his license.