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December 11, 2012

Salisbury man charged with child porn, secretly taping women

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Based on evidence collected by Newtown police, Salisbury police Detective Sgt. Anthony King obtained a search warrant for Anderson’s beach house computers and pick-up truck. Aided by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state police’s computer crime unit, local police seized two hard drives, which were sent to the state police’s Maynard forensics laboratory for analysis. The two hard drives contained thousands of video images of young women being examined, according to local police.

According to Salisbury police, Anderson would recruit women through Craig’s List and by the distribution of fliers around the community. These women would be paid between $25 and $50 to be examined by medical students for clinical research. As part of the process, Anderson said the women must allow him to conduct a baseline internal examination first. The examination, according to police, would include digital probing and other personal acts. To further fool unsuspecting victims, Anderson purchased medical devices such as a blood pressure monitor, tongue depressors, latex gloves, lubrication jelly, a stethoscope and a small pillow.

Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said his department has identified 20 victims so far and has collected thousands of images. Fowler is hoping that more victims will step forward now that Anderson has been arrested. It is unknown how many women Anderson is alleged to have victimized, but based on the scope of the investigation conducted by several states and the thousands of images collected so far, authorities are convinced it will be more than 20.

“I’ve never seen anything this bizarre,” Fowler said.

Determining how many women have been victimized and notifying them will likely be a Herculean task for local law enforcement officials, who admitted yesterday it could take a month or longer to sift through the two hard drives they seized plus the boxes of evidence turned over by Newtown police. Anderson may have been videotaping women for as long as four years based on a time stamp found on one of the thousands of images, according to King.

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