Robert Paul Dickey, 74, a pediatrician from Washington, D.C., was sentenced recently to 18 months in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and others.
Dickey pled guilty in September 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Upon completion of his prison term, Dickey will be placed on 10 years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years following his release from prison.
Dickey was discovered by agents for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who received a “cyber tip” that on April 10, 2013 he uploaded 14 images of child porn using a Microsoft account. Police executed a search warrant at Dickey’s home office in Southeast Washington and recovered approximately 132 images of child pornography. He was arrested on May 8, 2013.
“This case is extremely troubling because a beloved pediatrician was downloading child pornography in the same home where he was providing medical treatment to children,” said Machen. “He provided care to many children during his career, but also obsessively collected images of children of the same ages being sexually exploited.”
The case was brought as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.