Man faces sex assault, child porn charges

May 12, 2018 Cranberry Local News

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Robert Caesar

CRANBERRY TWP — A man facing hundreds of charges of abusing and assaulting young boys in a southeastern Pennsylvania county has been accused of similar crimes in Butler County.

Police in Chester County connected cases from 2015 to 2017 to charge Robert Dean Caesar, 55, of Oxford, with more than 200 varying counts, including sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

The charges are similar to those filed Wednesday in Butler County, with Caesar facing charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, two counts of corruption of a minor, possession of an instrument of crime with intent and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

The charges stem from a series of incidents first reported to Cranberry Township police in 2005. As of Thursday, Caesar had yet to be served with the charges, documents indicate.

According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday with District Judge David Kovach, two juvenile males, ages 9 and 14, reported on July 16, 2005, that they had been sexually assaulted at different times by Caesar, who at the time was living in Cranberry Township. One victim stated he routinely mowed the lawn at Caesar’s home, and that between April and July of 2005, Caesar invited him into the residence. The complaint states Caesar invited the victim into the basement, where he asked the victim to model underwear and bathing suits so he could take digital images, “to see how they fit.”

On July 16, 2005, officers searched Caesar’s home and found 76 pairs of boys’ underwear. When questioned, Caesar said he was sent the items randomly when placing an order on eBay, the complaint states. Officers searched his computer, where they allegedly found “numerous searches for young boys and teen boy’s underwear, both new and used,” the complaint states.

Officers also allegedly found Caesar to have visited pornographic websites where he searched for videos of young males and boys engaging in sexual acts.

Chuck Mascellino, Cranberry Police sergeant, said department officials could not comment on the case, as it is active and the charges had not yet been served.

Caesar is currently in jail in Chester County and faces hundreds of charges for similar incidents there.

According to information from the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers group, state police received a tip in January 2018 alleging Caesar had purchased used boys underwear and bathing suits.

An accusation also was made against Caesar alleging he sexually abused two juvenile males between 2015 and 2017. A third victim came forward alleging similar contact in 2016.

During the investigation, police allegedly found hundreds of images and videos featuring child pornography. The Crime Stoppers organization indicates Caesar is originally from Philadelphia, and also has lived in Colorado and Florida.

Initial court documents were filed in Chester County District Judge Scott A. Massey’s office in January, charging Caesar with 40 total charges, including statutory sexual assault: 11 years old, involuntary deviate sexual assault of a person less than 16, indecent exposure, indecent assault of a person less than 16, unlawful contact with a minor, child pornography and corruption of a minor age 18 or above. Caesar posted $250,000 surety bond in that case, documents state.

A second set of charges was filed in February, alleging indecent assault of a person less than 13, endangering the welfare of children as a parent or guardian, corruption of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor. Caesar was unable to post $500,000 monetary bond, documents state.

Additional charges have been filed against Caesar, including 200 counts of child pornography and one count of dissemination of a photo or video showing child sex acts. A hearing on all Chester County charges is scheduled May 29 in Massey’s office.