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Anderson Sentenced...Again

Robert Eugene Anderson, sentenced ten years ago on child pornography charges in both Ohio and West Virginia, has two years added to his sentence.

Eugene Robert Anderson

Update: 8/24/2012 7:00 P.M.

Ten years ago August 23, a former Marietta College professor was found guilty of more than one hundred child pornography charges.

Friday...his legal case officially came to an end.

Robert Eugene Anderson had an extra two years added to his 160-year prison sentence.

The sentence from Washington County Common Pleas Judge Susan Boyer was because of an act committed prior to July of 1996, .that originally was overlooked when he was originally sentenced.

Appearing by video from the West Virginia prison at Mount Olive, Anderson took full responsibility for what he called serious crimes.

"I do take moral responsibility for creating the environment that enabled the activities for myself and my co-defendant," Anderson told the court via video. "I was morally responsible. I enabled the behavior, and I'm very sorry about how things ended up with him, and I hope his family will find some solace in these words."

Co-defendant Robert Sandford died unexpectedly a few months before the August, 2002 trial.

Anderson said he plans no further appeals of his conviction.

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Pornography convictions have sent a former Marietta College Professor to prison for 88 years and four months.

Eugene Robert Anderson spoke for more than half an hour before his sentencing Thursday morning, telling Judge Susan Boyer his actions were, "a series of misjudgments.”

Anderson was convicted in Marietta last August of 108 charges, including Child Pornography, obscenity and pandering prostitution involving minors and adults.

"There's no way to end the bad things the defendant did in this case." Washington County Prosecutor Mike Spahr said after the sentencing. "But I think the sentence imposed was adequate."

Most of the charges involved Internet "chats" prosecutors said Anderson had with young adolescents. Investigators testified during his trial that Anderson asked the boys to send nude photos.

Anderson, who had a Parkersburg residence prior to his arrest last year, faces a February trial in Wood County Circuit Court on a variety of West Virginia charges related to the investigation.


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