State’s most prolific child porn collector gets max sentence of 5 years

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TACOMA — A 46-year-old man considered one of the biggest child pornography offenders in the state was sentenced to 61 months in jail Friday.

Elwood Anderson will have register as a sex offender the rest of his life. His 5 year sentence was the max the state could dole out, Pierce County prosecutors said.

In July, investigators seized two computers and a hard drive from Anderson’s Gig Harbor home. Detectives located 9,000 images of child porn and more than 200 videos in his possession,  most featuring girls ages four to nine being sexually assaulted by grown men.


Elwood Anderson, 46, of Gig Harbor, appears in Pierce County Superior Court on Friday, March 7, 2014, when he was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of child pornography. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

Anderson, a computer software engineer, is a married father of four girls. Investigators said he used sophisticated encryption programs to hide his pornography from investigators.

A Pierce County judge said though he sentenced Anderson to a maximum of five years in prison, he would have gone longer if he could given the violent, graphic nature of the videos and images Anderson possessed.

“That’s the most violent thing I can imagine next to shooting someone in the face,” Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson told the court Friday.

Anderson spoke to the court and apologized for what he called an “addiction” to pornography. He said his arrest was a “push in the right direction,” to finding help.

Many of Anderson’s family members and supporters where in the courtroom, but refused to talk to the media.

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  • stacyemerson

    IMO, everyone who is in charge of the legislation on sentencing for child pornography, have FAILED children. So have those who sit back and do and say NOTHING to force them to change it. 5 years is the maximum? Really? Everyone should be ashamed of that. And as for Cuthbertson's comment – I don't even know what to say. Comparing someone shooting someone in the face to violent sexual assault on children makes ZERO sense.

  • Truth Seeker

    I agree, this crime is totally horrible and inexcusable. But you should know more of the facts:
    It was proven conclusively by multiple agencies that there was ZERO contact with children. And I dont get the reference to shooting someone in the face either.
    A horrible crime committed by an otherwise good man. Its more complex that it appears people. Don't be so quick to judge lest it be your family member in that seat.

    • stacyemerson

      Regardless of his [alleged] "ZERO contact with children", the man participated in crimes against children merely by being in possession of child pornography – x's 9,000 unique images/videos, "most featuring girls ages four to nine being sexually assaulted by grown men."

      As a consumers of such horrific "matter", Mr. Anderson has helped create the "need" for the matter. Without the Mr. Anderson's of the world, there would be no demand, therefore no "market". That puts Mr. Anderson and other consumers like him at the top of the list of perpetrators of these crimes against children.

      The "by an otherwise good man" part of your comment implies you know Mr. Anderson personally. I don't need (or care) to know the answer, but I will ask you to consider the following snippets:

      "Like in many serial killer cases friends and neighbors were in shock with the suspect's newfound infamy. "Bob Yates, he was a great guy. He really was," said Gary Berner, an Oak Harbor dentist who's been his friend since high school. Neighbors said he frequently played catch on his front lawn with his 11-year-old son. He also enjoyed washing and tinkering with his cherished white 1977 Corvette, which ultimately led to his arrest."

      "Neighbors and friends of Gary Ridgway said “Gary was a nice guy, and noticed nothing about him that seemed out of the ordinary."

      Snippet from Ted Bundy's self-description of how he "changed" — "I wasn't some guy hanging out in bars, or a bum. I wasn't a pervert in the sense that people look at somebody and say, 'I know there's something wrong with him.' I was a normal person. I had good friends. I led a normal life, except for this one, small but very potent and destructive segment that I kept very secret and close to myself. Those of us who have been so influenced by violence in the media, particularly pornographic violence, are not some kind of inherent monsters. We are your sons and husbands. We grew up in regular families. Pornography can reach in and snatch a kid out of any house today. It snatched me out of my home 20 or 30 years ago."

      The list could go on and on, but you must get the point. And yes, I chose subjects who were convicted as serial killers, not people convicted of possession of child pornography – why? All were into porn–not necessarily child porn, but porn nonetheless.

      Think about how even the wives of many serial killers were blind–whether willful or not–to what their husbands were up to.

      "Don't be so quick to judge lest it be your family member in that seat." – that comment is intended to imply I (or other readers) would think differently if the perpetrator where one of our own family members, and if fails to strengthen your already weak argument.

    • Lisa

      WTF is wrong with you????? Don't try to excuse what this horrible man did! "A horrible crime committed by an otherwise good man" You are a stupid stupid person. There is nothing at all good about this man. And if it was one of my family members in that seat I would pray to god that when he got to prison he would be treated the way all monsters like him should be treated! I can not believe there are idiots like you supporting and excusing scum like this!

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