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Carver man pleads guilty to producing child pornography
Jan 05, 2012 | 1936 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Yesterday in federal court, a 49-year-old Carver man pleaded guilty to producing images of child pornography.

Randy Davies Anderson specifically pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

Anderson, who was indicted on Nov. 8, 2011, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen. Anderson did not enter a plea agreement.

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 2011, while conducting a child pornography investigation involving another individual, the release stated.

Agents found two pornographic images on that individual’s computer that were sent from Anderson. On Sept. 6, 2011, agents exe-cuted 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.

For his crime, Anderson faces a potential maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years. Judge Ericksen will determine his sentence at a future hearing. Anderson remains in custody.

This case is 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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. At-torney David P. Steinkamp.

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 ef-forts, visit the Department’s Project Safe Childhood website, at www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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