ENNIS, TEXAS, WOMAN ADMITS ALLOWING HER HUSBAND TO TAKE PORNOGRAPHIC PHOTOS/VIDEOS OF HER MINOR DAUGHTER
DALLAS — Former Ennis, Texas, resident, Sharon Lee Anderson, 38, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to a one-count felony Information charging permitting the production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Sharon Anderson, and her husband, Buddy Anderson, 39, were arrested on March 24, 2011, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents on charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint. Law enforcement located the Andersons at a homeless shelter in Las Vegas where they had absconded after leaving their apartment in Ennis.
Sharon Anderson faces a statutory maximum sentence of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for July 18, 2011, before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey. Charges remain pending against Buddy Anderson; both remain in federal custody.
According to documents filed with the Court, between May 1999 and December 11, 2003, Sharon Anderson knowingly permitted her husband, Buddy Anderson, to take sexually explicit photographs of her minor daughter. She further admitted that her daughter was between four and eight-years-old when the photographs were taken and that her husband used the photos later for his sexual arousal.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
ICE HSI and the Ennis Police Department are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Camille Sparks and Lisa J. Miller are in charge of the prosecution.
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