Earlier this year, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives, working with investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC - https://www.icactaskforce.org/), developed information that a pornographic image of a child had been downloaded to a computer in the Cordes Lakes area. Computer forensic work indicated the computer was located at a home in the 20000 block of E Antelope Road, Cordes Lakes.
As a result of the investigation, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the home. The warrant was served on July 30, 2019, around 7 AM. 67-year-old Jon Anderson was contacted at the door and allowed detectives inside. A laptop was spotted nearby which Anderson admitted was used exclusively by him. After detectives explained to Anderson why they were there and that a search of his laptop would be conducted, he admitted to numerous child pornography images on the computer.
Detectives conducted an initial review of the computer’s contents and found at least 15 images of child pornography. Anderson was arrested on 15 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. He remains in-custody on a cash only bond of $50,000.
Possession of Child Pornography is NOT a victimless crime. Such images portraying the sexual abuse of a child is a form of child exploitation.
Victims of Child Pornography – (excerpted from a Department of Justice report on Child Pornography) https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/child-pornography -
It is important to distinguish child pornography from the more conventional understanding of the term pornography. Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation, and each image graphically memorializes the sexual abuse of that child. Each child involved in the production of an image is a victim of sexual abuse.
While some child sexual abuse images depict children in great distress and the sexual abuse is self-evident, other images may depict children that appear complacent. However, just because a child appears complacent does not mean that sexual abuse did not occur. In most child pornography cases, the abuse is not a one-time event, but rather ongoing victimization that progresses over months or years. It is common for producers of child pornography to groom victims, or cultivate a relationship with a child and gradually sexualize the contact over time. The grooming process fosters a false sense of trust and authority over a child in order to desensitize or break down a child´s resistance to sexual abuse. Therefore, even if a child appears complacent in a particular image, it is important to remember that the abuse may have started years before that image was created.
Furthermore, victims of child pornography suffer not just from the sexual abuse inflicted upon them to produce child pornography, but also from knowing that their images can be traded and viewed by others worldwide. Once an image is on the Internet, it is irretrievable and can continue to circulate forever. The permanent record of a child´s sexual abuse can alter his or her live forever. Many victims of child pornography suffer from feelings of helplessness, fear, humiliation, and lack of control given that their images are available for others to view in perpetuity.
Unfortunately, emerging trends reveal an increase in the number of images depicting sadistic and violent child sexual abuse, and an increase in the number of images depicting very young children, including toddlers and infants.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov