Dentist who studied at UB charged with child sex crimes

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) -- New York State Police arrested a graduate of the UB School of Dental Medicine on allegations that, while he was in Buffalo, he posed as a young woman to attract young boys to internet sex acts.

In addition to one confirmed victim from Texas, state police said there are a handful of other victims of Dr. Gregg Riess.

Riess, 27, who most recently practiced with an organization in the Bronx, solicited young boys from his computer in this house off Capen Boulevard in Amherst, state police said.

Police said he stole a picture of an unknown woman, calling her "Shanaosexxyy," and used it as bait to lure his young male victims.

"We also have evidence to believe that there are other victims meeting the same criteria, younger, low teens, males," said New York State Trooper James O'Callaghan. "We have a handful of victims that we don't know who they are at this time."

UB confirmed Riess was a graduate of the school of management in 2012, and graduated from the school of dentistry in 2016.

Riess then went on to be a practicing dentist for a medical group in the Bronx, called Montefiore Medical Center.

"As soon as we were notified, we took immediate action and removed this individual from active duty," the medical center said in a statement. "We treat allegations of criminal behavior with the utmost seriousness"

OCallaghan said this is yet another reason to check with kids, especially if they have smart phones, and especially if they're using social media.

"This was done on social media apps, but this is a person, that, in the course of his normal duties, has access to kids," he said. "So that's one of the reasons why we want to get this out there. If you're a parent, to be aware of that, that if this guy ever did any work on your or your kids, to talk to your kids to see if something maybe did happen."

State police were alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after the agency received a tip about Riess in 2015.

The state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched Riess' Capen Boulevard home in April 2016, about a month before he graduated from UB.

Riess was charged with Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance and three counts of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child.

State Police believe other victims were involved. Anyone with information can call authorities at (585) 344-6200 and reference SJS # 6824479.

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