Area dentist's license on probation due to conviction

Becky Campbell • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM

The license of a former Johnson City dentist now practicing in Bristol was placed on probation in January because of a misdemeanor conviction that stemmed from a child pornography investigation.

Joshua Grooms, of Gray, pleaded guilty in August to criminal invasion of privacy in Monogalia County, W.Va. The case against Grooms started in 2008 after he was found with child pornography, according to court documents.

A Monogalia County grand jury indicted Grooms in September 2011 on five counts of possession of child pornography. All five counts occurred on July 18, 2008, according to the indictment.

Proceedings to determine what to do about Grooms’ license started at the Tennessee Department of Health after his conviction. In January, the state Board of Dentistry placed Grooms’ license on probation for one year for unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct. The disciplinary action allows Grooms to continue to practice. He is currently named as a dentist at Glen Vance DDS and Joshua Grooms DDS, 400 6th St., Bristol.

Grooms was apparently a dentistry school student at West Virginia University when the offenses occurred. In addition to his current practice in Bristol, Tenn., Grooms previously worked at Aspen Dental on Oakland Avenue in Johnson City.

In the criminal case, the conviction netted Grooms one year in the North Central Regional Jail in West Virginia. The jail term was suspended, and Grooms will serve three years of probation.

Also as part of Grooms’ sentence he must complete a sexual offender therapy program, including an initial psychological and sexual offender evaluation and treatment plan.

His sentence allows him to live in Tennessee, but his probation — including any sex offender therapy — will continue to be handled in West Virginia.

Contacted at his current practice, Grooms said, “I’d rather not speak about it,” when offered the opportunity to provide a statement on the conviction and license probation.

Grooms’ attorney, William Forbes, in Charleston, W.Va., also said, “No comment.”

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