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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