A Howell dentist's license is temporarily suspended while state investigators probe allegations that he hid surveillance cameras in the rest room at his practice used by patients and employees.

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Dr. Scott M. Meltzer is charged with five counts of invasion of privacy, a third-degree offense.

In a consent order, the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry notes that Meltzer denies the accusations but agreed to the suspension pending outcome of the investigation and action by the Board.

Howell Township police first filed charges against the dentist on April 10.

Third-degree charges, on conviction, carry prison sentences of three to five years each, along with fines as high as $15,000.