BALTIMORE—Cary Anderson, age 32, of Dameron, St. Mary's County, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sexually exploiting minors to produce child pornography.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and St. Mary's County State's Attorney Richard Fritz.
According to that statement of facts that was part of his guilty plea, Anderson began sexually molesting a young girl when she was 11 years old. From February 17 to February 24, 2012, Anderson sexually exploited the girl, who was then 13 years old, and produced images documenting the abuse. Further, on February 24, 2012, Anderson also sexually exploited a 15 year old girl he met on the internet and brought to his home, and produced visual depictions documenting the abuse.
Anderson and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea, a sentence of between 23 and 27 years in prison is the appropriate disposition of the case. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for April 11, 2013.
As part of his plea, Anderson will also be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the St. Mary's County State's Attorney's Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas, assigned from the U.S. Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, who is prosecuting the case.
Source: Office of United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein