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Chad Joseph Caesar
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Hickory Man Sentenced to More than 10 Years in Child Porn Case

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced Wednesday that 39-year-old Chad Joseph Caesar of Hickory has been sentenced to 132 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for receipt of child pornography. Hickory Police Chief Reed Baer joined Ms. King in making the announcement.

According to court documents and the sentencing hearing, in February 2023, H.P.D was notified that Caesar’s computer had been flagged by his employer for a security violation. An investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at Caesar’s residence. Law enforcement seized Caesar’s electronic devices, which were analyzed forensically. The analysis revealed that Caesar’s devices contained more than 50,000 images and videos of child pornography. The material depicted the sexual abuse of children, including infants and toddlers, and files that contained sadistic and masochistic conduct and bestiality.

Court records also showed that Caesar’s collection of child pornography included images and videos of over 250 victims who had previously been identified by name. Many of those identified victims submitted victim impact statements for the court’s consideration at sentencing.

On December 6 of last year, Caesar pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. He will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending transport to a designated federal Bureau of Prisons’ facility.

Homeland Security and the Hickory Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Cervantes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte was in charge of the prosecution.