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Defendant Identified in Three Investigations Trading Child Porn On-Line

September 7, 2007

JOHN RYAN ANDERSON, 23, of Camano Island, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and 15 years of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez imposed many conditions of ANDERSON’s supervised release including deviancy testing and therapy, registration as a sex offender, and a condition that he not be employed in any job that gives him direct access to children.

According to documents filed in the case, ANDERSON was identified in three different investigations into people trading child pornography on-line. Two of the investigations involved undercover officers posing as people interested in trading images on-line. In one investigation based in Wichita, Kansas, ANDERSON used the screen name “THETORTUREDKING” to trade child pornography via email. In an investigation based in Buffalo, New York, ANDERSON used the same screen name and chatted on-line with an undercover agent about trading child pornography, discussing which images he possessed that he would be willing to trade. Finally, ANDERSON was identified in a third investigation based in Louisville, Kentucky. In that case the FBI arrested a man who was making child pornography using his own daughter. That man identified two screen names linked to ANDERSON as someone with whom he had traded child pornography. The screen names were “THETORTUREDKING” and “EVILINALLWAYS.”

ANDERSON’s home and computers were searched in July 2006. Forty-seven images of child pornography and five computer videos of child pornography were found on his computer. ANDERSON was arrested in March 2007. ANDERSON pleaded guilty to Possession of Child Pornography on May 10, 2007.

Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi urged Judge Martinez to impose a lengthy sentence, writing in his sentencing memo, “Defendant knowingly gained enjoyment from watching the horrible victimization of real children. He perpetuated that victimization by distributing
child pornography to other people, in the hope of receiving yet more child pornography in return.”

Noting ANDERSON’s young age, Judge Martinez stated that ANDERSON may not have appreciated the damage his child pornography trading did to other children saying, “every image is a real person... a real person for whom this will never go away. And the more you send these images, the more children will be victimized,” the Judge said.

The case was investigated by the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office at (206) 553-4110.

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