Fort Worth Man Sentenced To 97 Months In Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography
FORT WORTH, Texas — Richard D. Anderson, 59, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 97 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty to an indictment charging one count of possession of child pornography. Anderson has been in custody since he entered that guilty plea in March 2013. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, in September 2012, officers with the Fort Worth Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit executed a search warrant at Anderson’s home and seized computers and removable storage media. A forensic exam revealed images and videos of child pornography. Anderson admitted that he had downloaded images of child pornography from the Internet using newsgroups and that he had moved images from his computer to his flash drive.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The investigation was conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department’s ICAC and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem was in charge of the prosecution.