If you can’t trust your pediatrician not to be a pedophile, who can you trust?  Dr. Robert Paul Dickey was arrested Wednesday and charged with downloading child pornography, according to federal court documents.  The doctor was even allegedly viewing a child porn site on his desktop computer when police and FBI agents showed up to search his home, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington.

For 44 years, Dickey has been treating children in DC’s southeast neighborhood.  As long ago as 1973, he was recognized in a profile in The Washington Post for serving “as an old-fashioned small town doctor” for hundreds of impoverished children a week. Dickey was busted through a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based on information provided by Microsoft Corp., the complaint said. It said that on April 3, an Outlook user uploaded approximately 14 pictures of child pornography from an account with the username “Robert Dickey.”

Investigators traced the computer’s IP address to Dickey’s home in Southeast Washington, the complaint said. It said they found explicit images of prepubescent girls in sex acts with adults on the hard drive.

Dickey could go to prison for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 30 years, with fines totaling over half a million dollars.

And court documents say he has already confessed.

Dickey’s next scheduled court appearance will be on May 23 when he has a preliminary hearing to see if there is enough evidence to move forward in the case and a detention hearing to determine whether he can be released from jail.

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  • OMG….i just puked alittle…..am gonna say this…alot of people are sick and sadly most of them are white!!!!!.

  • Mademoiselle

    I wonder if they can track down the adults in the pictures since the doctor also uploaded evidence of other crimes taking place by uploading his kiddy porn.

  • SayItAintSo

    I’m so saddened by what has happened. My children and all of the children in the immediate family were his patients. He never did ANYTHING improper in my presence. I never received any bad vibe from him. I wholeheartedly entrusted my children’s well being to him. He proved to be an outstanding physician and took the care and development of children so seriously. I learned so much from him. This is disturbing, frustrating and disappointing; however, this is a stellar example of how you never know what’s on someone else’s mind. I pray for him, his family, his staff and his patients. This has impacted the lives of so many!

    • TT

      I was a patient of his as well as my daughter. I agree with you, I never suspected him of anything.

  • this is sad.