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November 09, 2009
Monday PM

Anchorage, Alaska ­ United States Attorney Karen Loeffler announced Thursday, that Robert Armour Sanderson, Sr., of Hydaburg, Alaska, was arraigned in federal court and pled not guilty to the charges contained in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

The two-indictment named Sanderson, age 81, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Sanderson is alleged to have ordered two sexually explicit videos containing images of prepubescent children engaging in sexual acts.

Assistant United States Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, to maximum sentence of twenty years, in prison for receiving child pornography and a maximum sentence of 10 years for possession of child pornography, as well as fines totaling up to $250,000 on each count and up to five of supervised release following service of a prison sentence.

Sanderson was remanded into custody pending his trial, scheduled to begin on January 11, 2010, before United States District Court Judge John W. Sedwick.

The United States Postal Inspector Service, the Alaska State Troopers, in conjunction with Project Safe Childhood Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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Department of Justice - District of Alaska


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