States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|March 9, 2010||
Project Safe Childhood: LAKESIDE MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL ANDERSON, 50, of the Lakeside section of Morris, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography. ANDERSON pleaded guilty to the offense on October 6, 2009.
According to court documents and statements made in court, ANDERSON possessed images of child pornography while on board a vessel in Somerset, Massachusetts, and at his residence in Connecticut. On August 15, 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) special agents and Custom and Border Patrol inspectors conducted a border search of a vessel on which ANDERSON was working and located and seized seven CDs and a laptop computer from ANDERSON. On August 18, 2006, ICE special agents and members of the Connecticut State Police executed a federal search warrant at ANDERSON’s residence and seized, among other items, two desktop computers. Analysis of four CDs seized from the vessel and the two computers’ hard drives seized from ANDERSON’s residence revealed the existence of more than 600 images of child pornography, including images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexual conduct and portraying sadistic and other depictions of violence. When questioned by agents, ANDERSON admitted that he had downloaded these images onto his computer from the Internet at his residence.
Since his guilty plea, ANDERSON has been released on bond under conditions that include home confinement with electronic monitoring, no use of the Internet, and no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 years of age. He has been ordered to report to prison on May 26, 2010.
Over the Government’s objection, Judge Underhill sentenced ANDERSON below the recommended federal sentencing guidelines range of 78 to 97 months of imprisonment.
This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Connecticut State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.
U.S. Attorney Dannehy noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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