Monday, October 17, 2005
Attorney General Abbott Announces Arrest Of Waco Landscaper On Child Pornography ChargesAUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced the arrest of a Waco landscaper for possessing child pornography and using the Internet to send sexually explicit images of children. Walter Douglas Anderson, 52, was arrested Saturday by the Waco Police Department, using information provided by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.
Anderson was indicted on Oct. 11 by a federal grand jury in Waco on one count of transporting at least six child pornographic images and one count of possessing more than two dozen images of child pornography. The Attorney General’s office initiated the case against Anderson and obtained the indictment in cooperation with Johnny Sutton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas.
Walter Douglas Anderson
“People who possess and send child pornography are robbing our children of their innocence and inflicting harm that these young ones will feel for the rest of their lives,” Attorney General Abbott said. “I am pleased my office could work with the U.S. Attorney and the Waco Police Department in pursuing this predator, and I look forward to putting him behind bars for a long time.”
According to the indictment, Anderson used the Internet in March to send sexually explicit images involving underage girls. Cyber Crimes investigators from the Attorney General’s office then executed a search warrant in July at Anderson’s residence that turned up at least 26 digital images of child pornography and a digital movie file depicting a sexual assault of a child. Anderson is currently in McClennan County Jail awaiting a hearing.
The case was prompted by a complaint referred by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Transportation of child pornography is a federal felony offense, carrying a potential sentence of five to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Child pornography possession is also a felony, with a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to a $250,000 fine. Each offense also carries a possibility of supervised release for life.
Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His office has obtained convictions against 28 men on child pornography charges since Attorney General Abbott took office in December 2002. In addition, Abbott’s Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested more than 330 sexual predators during that time.
The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 66 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 230. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 36 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not in compliance with sex offender registration requirements.
To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.