Middleton Man Charged With Having Child Porn

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By: 
Matt Geiger

A Middleton man who worked at a local elementary school until last month was charged Tuesday with six counts of possessing child pornography on his home computer.

63-year-old Todd Anderson, a librarian and media specialist who retired Sept. 13 after 22 years working for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, was in possession of graphic sexual images of children as young one or two years of age, according to the complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

School district officials and police said no pornography was discovered on Anderson’s work computer.

“Todd Anderson, a librarian and media specialist at Sunset Ridge Elementary, retired for personal reasons on Sept. 13. Mr. Anderson was arrested on Friday, Oct. 11 and was arraigned today on six counts of child pornography on his home computer,” reads a statement released by the school district. “The district was made aware of allegations not related to possession of child pornography against Mr. Anderson in late August. The allegations were not related to anything that happened at school. The district notified police immediately. Law enforcement officials informed the district of possible charges against Mr. Anderson following his retirement.”

It was while investigating the initial allegations that Middleton detectives became suspicious regarding Anderson’s sexual interests. Law enforcement obtained permission to search Anderson’s home, finding an “overwhelming” number of images of children between the ages of one and 12 years of age, some of whom were actively engaged in sex acts, according to the complaint. Anderson later admitted to police that he viewed child pornography “three to four” times a week.

 Ellen Lindgren, president of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, said the district was shocked and saddened by the news. “The district conducted an incredibly thorough search of its technology and came up with nothing,” she stated. “This was all on his home computer, which we didn’t have access to.”

School officials had no knowledge of the pornography at the time Anderson retired for personal reasons.

According to the school district’s statement, the investigation did not uncover any utilization of the district’s resources, including   computers, network, or other electronic devices, for the purpose of committing any crime or violating any district policy. The investigation also did not uncover any evidence that students or staff were exposed to any inappropriate or illegal material. 

 

 

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