D.C. pediatrician remains in custody after court hearing

WASHINGTON – A D.C. pediatrician charged with possessing and receiving child pornography remains in custody following a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Dr. Robert Dickey, 73, was arrested Wednesday at his office, which is inside his home in Southeast.

If convicted, Dickey faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography and 20 years for receiving child pornography.

In addition, he could be fined as much as $500,000.

According to charging documents, when investigators entered his office Wednesday, they found Dickey looking at child porn on a computer.

Child porn was also found on a hard drive. And in a recorded statement made during the search of his office, Dickey admitted visiting child porn sites and downloading child pornographic images.

In addition, investigators found that two young grandsons of Dickey’s live in his home.

One is about 9 years old, and the other is less than a year old.

Another hearing in the case is scheduled for May 23.

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