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Carver man sentenced for producing child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 49-year-old Carver man was sentenced for producing images of child pornography. United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen sentenced Randy Davies Anderson to 262 months in prison on one count of production of child pornography. Anderson was indicted on November 8, 2011, and pleaded guilty on January 4, 2012.

Anderson admitted that in January of 2011, he induced and coerced a minor female child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct. In addition, Anderson admitted storing those digital images on his computer and transmitting a copy of the images over the Internet.

According to a Carver County criminal complaint, authorities learned about Anderson in July of 2011, while conducting a child pornography investigation involving another individual. Agents found two pornographic images on that individual’s computer that were sent from Anderson. On September 6, 2011, agents executed a search warrant at Anderson’s residence, where they seized computers and other related items. Those items were later found to contain images of child pornography.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force, which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.

Presently, the Justice Department is funding a study concerning the correlation between
involvement in child pornography and the hands-on sexual abuse of children. A 2008 study
(The Butner Study) published in the Journal of Family Violence found that up to 80 percent of
federal inmates incarcerated for possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography also
admitted to hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from touching to rape.

The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of
children, particularly via the Internet. In Fiscal Year 2010, 2,235 defendants pleaded guilty to
federal child pornography charges, 2,222 of whom were sentenced to prison. In Fiscal Year
2009, 2,083 defendants were sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. For more
information about these efforts, please visit the Department’s Project Safe Childhood website,
at www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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