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DC Pediatrician pleads guilty to possession of child porn

4:17 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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SOUTHEAST, DC (WUSA9) -- Five months ago the community was shocked to hear an entrusted doctor, who spent his entire career caring for children, was caught looking at and downloading child pornography.

That well known pediatrician from Southeast pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.
 
The Southeast doctor stood before a judge answering questions while his daughter and wife sat in the courtroom. The judge accepted the plea deal of admitting to one count of possession of one count of child porn.

The 74-year-old pediatrician, Dr. Robert Dicky, practiced for decades at his Southeast DC home.

But the long-time children's doctor watched his career end May 8, 2013, when officers arrived at his home to conduct a search warrant after getting a Cyber-tip.

 

Metropolitan Police had received an online tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). With that information officials were able to issue a subpoena for Dr. Dickey's IP address, court document stated.

 

Officers found Dr. Dickey had been viewing a website with child pornography and child erotica on his computer. Detectives recovered more than 100 images of child porn.

Quentin Driskell, lives near the doctor says, "I'm shocked and saddened, he seemed like a nice guy."

Marlon Griffith, Defense Attorney says, "Many people in the community respect and understand what Dr. Dickey has brought to this community for the past 40 years."

Pier Ormond, a SE resident says, "I've always heard he was a good doctor and sometimes people can separate their vices from their career. I just hope he never touched a child."

 

The government has never accused the child doctor of any illegal contact with his patients.

Griffith says, "There is no evidence, whatsoever that in anyway, he inappropriately touched a child patient or otherwise."
 
Driskell says, "He has to have some mental problem because the material is so disgusting."

Dr. Dickey faces 20 years in prison. His sentencing date is scheduled for December 17th. Dickey's attorney indicated to the judge sentencing could take several hours because of witnesses who will be speaking.

According to court documents, Dr. Dickey had been living with his two small grandsons.  He's been in custody ever since his arrest.

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