Gig Harbor man believed to be state's leading child pornography downloader gets 5-year term

Staff writerMarch 9, 2014 

A Gig Harbor man thought to be Washington’s leading downloader of child pornography has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Elwood Anderson, 46, was sentenced to 61 months Friday by Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson, Q13 Fox reported. Anderson pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree possession of child pornography.

Investigators found more than 9,000 pornographic images, many of children being sexually abused, after seizing one of Anderson’s hard drives, among other electronics, on  July 11.

The number of images likely makes him Washington’s leading downloader of child pornography, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Detectives found the images on a virtual computer on the hard drive, which lets users view images without leaving a record. 

Anderson worked as a software engineer before his arrest, and has a master’s degree in computer science.

He told detectives  he had a “long-standing” pornography addiction, including child pornography.

According to court records, the married father of four said he does not drink or smoke because it is against his beliefs. He said he started the 12-step program for addiction before he went to jail, and has since completed it.

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