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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Federal Authorities Seek Additional Information in Child Exploitation Investigation

U.S. Attorney, FBI Urge Victims to Come Forward, Seek Assistance

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain and Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Harpster of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division announced that their offices and law enforcement partners are asking for the public's assistance to identify potential victims of Robert Dean Caesar, 56, most recently of Oxford, Pennsylvania. Caesar, who is currently in federal custody, was charged by indictment on November 15, 2018 with production, receipt, and possession of child pornography. He is expected to go on trial beginning September 30, 2019.

The Indictment alleges that on or about each of two separate dates (September 16, 2017 and December 30, 2017), Caesar manufactured child pornography. The Indictment further alleges that Caesar received child pornography on December 20, 2017, and possessed child pornography on January 18, 2018.

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

If you have information regarding the pending prosecution, or you believe you or someone you know may have been victimized by Robert Dean Caesar, the FBI requests that you contact the Philadelphia Division at 215-418-4000 or go to Identified victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal and/or state law.

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 100 years’ imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 15 years’ imprisonment, supervised release for a minimum term of five years and a lifetime maximum term, a $1,000,000 dollar fine, mandatory restitution, and up to $20,400 in special assessments.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

The case is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police – Avondale Barracks, the Cranberry Township Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and the Butler County District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Schlessinger.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated August 21, 2019