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Man faces 10 child porn charges

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Alan Anderson

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Pasquotank County man with a prior conviction for taking indecent liberties with a minor is facing new charges after he allegedly shared child pornography online with someone who turned out to be an undercover law enforcement officer.

Alan Anderson, 55, of the 700 block of Griffin Swamp Road, is charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, Sheriff Randy Cartwright said Wednesday. Anderson remains at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $3.5 million secured bond.

Cartwright said Anderson was arrested Feb. 28 after Pasquotank sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant at Anderson's residence.

Cartwright said his office’s investigation is continuing. “But we downloaded enough child porn to charge him on state charges and hold him under that bond, while we're having forensics (experts) go through all of his electronics to retrieve all the other evidence,” he said.

Cartwright said he expects his department will pursue additional charges against Anderson.

According to Pasquotank magistrate's warrants, Anderson is accused of distributing photographs of a naked girl, believed to between 10 and 12 years old, with someone outside the county. The warrants also accuse Anderson of engaging in similar crimes since at least 2012.

Under North Carolina law, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor involves the development, filming, photographing, recording, duplication or distribution of material of a person under 18 engaged in sexual activity.

Anderson is well-known to local law enforcement, according to Cartwright. “He has been on and off the radar screen for several years,” he said.  

According to N.C. Public Safety records, Anderson was convicted in Currituck County in January 1995 of felony taking indecent liberties with a child. Anderson pleaded guilty after reaching a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Currituck court officials said.

Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett sentenced Anderson to six years for the conviction but suspended the sentence and ordered Anderson to instead serve a six-month active term and five years of supervised probation..

N.C. Public Safety records show Anderson’s conviction in the taking indecent liberties case followed his conviction in Pasquotank on a charge of misdemeanor preparation of obscene photos for dissemination. Records show Anderson originally had been charged with felony dissemination of obscenity to a minor in the case. He was sentenced to probation in April 1994 for the Pasquotank conviction. 

Information about Anderson's past convictions are not included on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry because they predate the state law requiring state officials to launch the website.

On his current charges, Anderson originally was being held on a $400,000 secured bond. District Judge Meader Harriss III increased that bond to $3.5 million at a hearing on March 1, court records show. 

Harriss also signed an order sought by Cartwright’s office allowing Anderson to be turned over to the custody of the state corrections system. The sheriff’s office made the request, records show, because Anderson has a past history of attempting to take his own life.

Anderson is being represented by the Public Defender's Office. Harriss ordered him to return to court on March 19.

 

 

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