ENNIS, TEXAS, MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY/OBSCENITY OFFENSES
Defendant Took Obscene Images of the Sexual Abuse of Children
DALLAS — Former Ennis, Texas, resident, Buddy Anderson, 39, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez to two felony child pornography/obscenity offenses, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Buddy Anderson and his wife, Sharon Lee Anderson, 38, were arrested on March 24, 2011, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Las Vegas, Nevada, on related charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint. After discovering that they were under investigation, the Andersons fled to Nevada and substantially changed their appearance. Law enforcement located the couple at a homeless shelter and arrested them without incident. Both remain in federal custody.
Buddy Anderson pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography, which carries a statutory sentence of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He also pleaded guilty to one count of producing obscene images of the sexual abuse of children, which carries a statutory sentence of not less than five years or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade on September 14, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Sharon Anderson pleaded guilty on April 19, 2011, to a one-count felony Information charging permitting the production of child pornography. She admitted that she permitted Buddy Anderson to take sexually explicit photographs of a five-year-old girl. She faces a statutory sentence of not less than 15 or more than 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 18, 2011, by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey.
According to documents filed in the case, persons hired to clean an abandoned apartment on North Clay Street in Ennis discovered child pornography photographs on the apartment’s porch that were discarded as garbage. Some of those photographs depicted a female child, approximately five-years-old, posing in a sexually explicit manner.
Buddy Anderson admitted that with Sharon’s assistance, he took sexually explicit images of the five-year-old female child which were intended to elicit a sexual response in the viewer - including Anderson and his wife. Buddy Anderson also admitted committing a sexual act on the female child. Anderson further admitted that he created a CD containing images of nude, prepubescent children and that he possessed more than 100 still images and two videos of child pornography.
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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