Great Bend man charged with child porn

Duane Anderson

BY STACI WILSON

A Great Bend man, already being held in the Susquehanna County jail for attempting to lure a teen over the internet for sexual favors last year, now faces felony child pornography charges.

Investigators found 110 pictures and 10 videos depicting children engaged in sexual acts or in a state of nudity on a computer seized from Duane Jay Anderson last year.

Anderson, 33, was charged Friday by Agent Kurt Smith of the attorney general’s Child Predator Unit with felony counts of photographs/videos on computer or film depicting sexual acts with a child under the age of 18 and possession of child pornography.

One of the children depicted was identified to agents by the child’s mother in May.

The Scranton Times-Tribune does not disclose the name of sexual assault victims.

Anderson was arraigned Friday on the new charges in front of District Judge Peter Janicelli, New Milford. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 14.

Anderson and his girlfriend, Jamie Nicole Eastman, 20, were arrested Dec. 30, 2009, after they allegedly arranged to meet with a person they believed was a 13-year-old girl for sexual purposes.

Authorities allege the two had attempted to lure the teen to meet during several, explicit internet chats. The couple had actually been communicating with a Child Predator Unit agent.

Anderson has been held in the county jail on $75,000 bail since his Dec. 2009 arrest.

He was also charged in January by State Police Trooper Mark Mulvey with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault of a minor in connection with a June 2009 incident. Bail on those felony charges was set at $125,000.

Bail for Eastman was originally set for $75,000 but was reduced to $50,000 earlier this year. She is still being held in the county jail in lieu of bail.

All charges lodged against the two earlier this year have been bound over to the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas.

Eastman is expected to enter a plea on Oct. 1. She is the first woman in Pennsylvania to face charges lodged by the Child Predator Unit.

Anderson is currently awaiting trial on the two sets of charges filed against him in December 2009 and January.

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