Former Meriden dentist pleads guilty to sexual assault, child porn charges

Former Meriden dentist pleads guilty to sexual assault, child porn charges



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MERIDEN — A Wallingford man and former city dentist charged with possession of child pornography, sexual assault and intimidating a witness pleaded guilty to the offenses Wednesday and faces seven years in prison.

During an appearance in New Haven Superior Court, Jeffrey Krahling, 52, of 94 Summerhill Road, Wallingford made the plea, under the Alford Doctrine, to first-degree possession of child pornography, intimidation of a witness, third-degree burglary, tampering with a witness, and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

According to statements in court, the plea deal is for a 15-year prison sentence, suspended after Krahling serves seven years, followed by ten years probation. Pleading under the Alford Doctrine means Krahling did not agree with the facts of the case as alleged by the state’s attorney, but acknowledges there was likely enough evidence for conviction.

Krahling is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.

Judge Patrick Clifford said the charges carried a maximum sentence of 47 years. Five years of the sentence are mandatory for the child pornography charge. Conditions of Krahling’s probation include a 10-year sex offender registration and sex offender evaluation and treatment. 

Attorney Norm Pattis, who represents Krahling,  said the case involved “difficult and excruciating plea discussions,” but declined to comment further. 

The sexual assault charges stem from incidents in April and September 2016 at Krahling’s dental practice at 12 Curtis St. in Meriden, Deputy Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Davis said at the hearing. Female patients reported that Krahling wrapped his legs around their heads and made grinding motions.

The tampering, intimidation and burglary charges stem from an incident on Dec. 9, 2016 where Krahling broke into the basement of one of the patient’s home, Davis said. A neighbor saw Krahling outside the home and he fled from police at the scene.

The child pornography charge arose from a state police investigation on a file sharing network. State police discovered Krahling had 38 images and 15 videos of child pornography on a laptop.


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