Saturday, August 24, 2002

Ex-prof convicted in child porn case

By The Associated Press

        MARIETTA, Ohio - A former Marietta College professor was convicted Friday of 108 charges including child pornography, obscenity and pandering prostitution involving minors and adults.

        Jurors acquitted Eugene Robert Anderson on 25 counts of child pornography and corruption of a minor.

        Mr. Anderson, 52, of Parkersburg, W.Va., is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24.

        In closing arguments Thursday, prosecutors rejected Mr. Anderson's insistence that he had sex only with men of legal age.

        “He collected boys from Parkersburg who were poor, who had problems, who were easy targets,” Prosecutor Scott Longo said.

        The defense had argued that co-defendant Robert Lynn Sandford - who died during the investigation - was responsible for more than 40,000 pornographic images on Mr. Anderson's home and work computers.

        Most of the 133 counts involved Internet chats prosecutors say he had with young boys. Prosecutors said he asked the boys to send nude photos.


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