Feds ask public to help track down potential victims in child porn case

Rachel Kurland
August 21, 2019 - 4:55 pm
Robert Dean Caesar

FBI Philadelphia Division

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Federal authorities are reaching out to the public and asking for help in identifying alleged victims of child pornography coordinated by an accused serial sexual predator.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain and the FBI’s Philadelphia Division say 56-year-old Robert Dean Caesar manufactured child pornography. He was charged in November 2018 with the production, receipt and possession of child porn.

Caesar is currently in federal custody and is expected to go to trial on Sept. 30.

In January 2018, Pennsylvania State Police learned that Caesar was purchasing used boys' underwear and bathing suits on eBay. Caesar was also accused of sexually abusing three young boys between 2015 and 2017. Prosecutors say he would hire or befriend them to assist with household and yard chores, or help care for his animals. 

He was charged at the time with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, among other charges.

During a subsequent search warrant, police found roughly 100,000 images and videos of child porn in his possession.

Federal authorities are now making a public plea, saying if you suspect that you or your child may have been victimized by Caesar, contact them at ReportRDC@fbi.gov or 215-418-4000. Identified victims may be eligible for certain services.

Voluntary responses may be used in the federal investigation.

Caesar has lived in Oxford, Philadelphia, Norristown, Cranberry Township, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Richland, New York; and Silverthorne, Colorado.

If convicted, Caesar could face a minimum sentence of 15 years, and up to a maximum of 100 years, as well as a $1 million fine.

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