Local digest: D.C. pediatrician pleads in child porn case

September 12, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Pediatrician pleads guilty in porn case

A longtime District pediatrician, who served families in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing child pornography.

Robert P. Dickey admitted in federal court that he had downloaded and viewed graphic sexual images of young children in his Southeast Washington office, where he was arrested in May.

Dickey, 74, faces prison time ranging from 57 to 71 months, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari B. Redbord said a search of Dickey’s e-mail account and computer had turned up more than 100 pornographic images. Prosecutors have said there is no evidence that Dickey’s patients were the subject of the images or that he had abused any of them. Dickey’s sentencing is set for Dec. 17.

— Ann E. Marimow

MARYLAND
Air Force sergeant indicted in porn case

A master sergeant in the Air Force was indicted Wednesday on charges that he sexually exploited young girls to produce child pornography after a years-long sting in which he shared the graphic images with an undercover agent, authorities said.

William S. Gazafi, 44, of Lusby was arrested this month after he shared pictures that he told the undercover agent he had produced, authorities said. He was indicted on six counts of sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gazafi worked in a communications job for the Air Force and held a security clearance. An Air Force spokeswoman said he was assigned to Joint Base Andrews and was a member of the 89th Airlift Wing.

John Chamble, an attorney for Gazafi, declined to comment.

— Matt Zapotosky

Building of agency’s new offices advances

The construction of the new headquarters of the Maryland housing agency in New Carrollton is a step closer.

The Prince George’s County Planning Board on Thursday unanimously approved key elements of the project, allowing the developer to move forward with the grading and permitting process.

In May, a state board approved the relocation of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and its nearly 400 employees, from Anne Arundel County to Prince George’s. The decision was an important victory for Prince George’s.

— Luz Lazo

Gansler to launch
bid for governor

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) plans to officially kick off his 2014 campaign for governor Sept. 24 with a seven-day tour, aides said Thursday.

The first of Gansler’s 17 scheduled stops will be in Rockville, outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in his home jurisdiction, his campaign said. From there, Gansler plans to crisscross the state, hitting every region before winding up near Ocean City on Oct. 1.

“I am going to travel to every region in the state to talk with Marylanders and share my vision for our state,” he said.

Gansler will join a competitive Democratic primary with two candidates who have announced their bids: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery).

The Democratic primary is scheduled for June.

— John Wagner

VIRGINIA
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