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Child Exploitation
03/10/2010

Lakeside man sentenced to 3 years for child porn

MORRIS, Conn. - Michael Anderson, 50, of the Lakeside section of Morris was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) and other federal and local officials.

Anderson pleaded guilty to the offense on Oct. 6, 2009.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Anderson possessed images of child pornography while on board a vessel in Somerset, Mass., and at his residence in Connecticut.

On Aug. 15, 2006, ICE special agents and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) inspectors conducted a border search of a vessel on which Anderson was working and located and seized seven CDs and a laptop computer from Anderson. On Aug. 18, 2006, ICE special agents and members of the Connecticut State Police executed a federal search warrant at Anderson's residence and seized, among other items, two desktop computers.

Analysis of four CDs seized from the vessel and the two computers' hard drives seized from Anderson's residence revealed the existence of more than 600 images of child pornography, including images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexual conduct and portraying sadistic and other depictions of violence. When questioned by agents, Anderson admitted that he had downloaded these images onto his computer from the Internet at his residence.

Since his guilty plea, Anderson has been released on bond under conditions that include home confinement with electronic monitoring, no use of the Internet, and no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 years of age. He has been ordered to report to prison on May 26.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

This case also involved Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States 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.

This investigation was conducted by ICE with the assistance of CPB and the Connecticut State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.