Robert Paul Dickey, a well-known Washington D.C. pediatrician, pleaded guilty to possession of child-pornography Sept. 12.
Dickey, 74, was arrested in May after local authorities became interested in Dickey in connection with child pornography on April 3.
Dickey’s e-mail address was connected to the download of 14 pornographic images, according to the criminal complaint. The images included underage boys and girls performing sex acts, the complaint said.
Authorities said they seized from Dickey’s home a desktop computer, a computer hard drive and other equipment, which contained images of pornography involving minors.
Police documents said Dickey admitted to law enforcement agents that he has visited child pornography sites, downloaded child pornography and stored it on an external hard drive.
Dickey now faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at a sentencing on Dec. 17. He will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years after his release from prison.
Shawn Ellerbe, whose family has been treated by Dickey for 15 years, told the AFRO in an interview in May: “I feel saddened about the whole situation. I pray everything goes well so he can be released and retire.”
Another patient, Sabrina Milam, who said she has known Dickey for 33, told the AFRO. “I trusted him. He was a very good pediatrician and attentive to the children. I feel betrayed and hurt. I’m thoroughly disgusted.”