Was the good doctor a deviant?

Pediatrician Robert P. Dickey quietly practiced for decades in east-of-the-river Washington, serving underserved neighborhoods, most recently from his stately red-brick home in the Penn Branch neighborhood. But Dickey’s sterling reputation was shattered Wednesday when federal agents raided his home, catching him looking at child pornography on his computer shortly before starting to see the 20 patients he had scheduled that day, according to a court affidavit. Peter Hermann reports in The Washington Post that authorities say “there is no indication that any of the 14 images the FBI found on the computer Wednesday morning involved children the doctor had been treating.” Still, the arrest has shocked plenty, including Dickey’s Penn Branch neighbor Yvette Alexander, Ward 7′s D.C. Council member: “If the allegations are true, it just sickens me,” she said. “He’s been there for years. He’s had generations of children. He was very quiet, very professional, it seemed. … Just to think that someone you entrust your children to might have that mind-set.” Dickey is set to appear in federal court today. More from WJLA-TVWUSA-TVWRC-TV.

In other news:

Bob Ryan, D.C. weather icon, is retiring (PostCapital Weather Gang)

Irv Nathan testifies in Pershing Park case: “I’m very disappointed that MPD did not investigate” (Legal TimesAP)

The Blue Plains intermunicipal agreement, on sewage, is a model of regional cooperation (Post columnWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

Gray administration likes Circulator expansion, but not Mary Cheh’s proposed fare hikes (Post)

Malcolm X Elementary will be renovated and reopened under the management of the Achievement Prep charter school, DCPS announces (Post)

In wake of Secure Communities policy change, few D.C. criminals are being deported (WaTimes)

Maurice “Twan” Coplin committed suicide after being evicted from his Columbia Heights apartment. Could he have been saved? (Blade)

Halting progress on improving child mental health care in the District (HuffPoWAMU-FM)

Another Fourth of July gun march — this one with squirt weapons (DCist)

Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield describes having a stroke in 2011 (WRC-TV)

Tommy Wells: 3-D guns’ “main purpose will be to kill someone, such as assassination” (WJLA-TV)

Lawsuit: Metro Transit Police used excessive force repeatedly (WRC-TV)

Oh, Washington and its flower thievery! (NYT)

Developer says he’s meeting with feds about Jim Graham allegations (PostPartisan)

Utah senator introduces companion to House bill banning some D.C. abortions (AP)

High stakes for Friday’s food truck regulations hearing (WRC-TV)

Why your complaints about traffic signal timing are probably misplaced (GGW)

Some brick-and-mortar restaurateurs don’t hate food trucks (DCist)

United Medical Center’s “chargemaster” prices are above average for the region (WBJ)

Fur is closed again, after Monday morning stabbing (WaTimes)

Cesar Chavez charter schools require seniors to write and defend a research paper (Class Struggle)

Hogan Lovells hiring “make you wonder why there aren’t D.C. education experts, administrators, teachers and parents as part of an initial group doing this research” (Blade)

A new vision for remaking Southwest (Atlantic Cities)

It’s a travesty that the National Zoo no longer has a hippo (City Desk)

More arguments in defense of ugly pop-ups (Housing Complex)

City crews haul away trash from Marshall Heights apartment building (WUSA-TV)

Harrison Rec Center’s playground is getting a big overhaul (Borderstan)

Maryland vanity tags apparently confuse D.C.’s speed camera system (WJLA-TVWTOP)

“Great American Main Street” award shows H Street NE’s best days are yet to come (Blade)

That glass pyramid in L’Enfant Plaza is being dismantled (Curbed)

Ye gods: A third full-time editor for DCist? (Washingtonian)

DDOT plans bike lanes for I and G streets NE, allowing cyclists to avoid streetcar tracks (GGW)

D.C. seniors get iPads, courtesy of AARP (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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