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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Floyd County Man Sentenced to 165 Months for Receipt of Child Pornography

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Floyd County man, who previously admitted that he received nearly 30,000 images of child pornography, has been sentenced to 165 months in federal prison.

On January 28, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves has sentenced Bret A. Dunning, 53, for receipt of child pornography.  Judge Reeves has also ordered Dunning to pay $10,000 in restitution and has assessed a $1,750 fine.  Under federal law, Dunning must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years.  Dunning must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Dunning admitted, at his guilty plea, that he had downloaded child pornography images from the internet.  In March 2013, Kentucky State Police conducted a search at Dunning’s residence and found the images.  The images depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

Dunning pleaded guilty in October of 2015.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Howard Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, FBI; and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police and the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

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Updated February 5, 2016