A Gig Harbor man thought to be the state’s leading downloader of child pornography has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Elwood Anderson, 46, was sentenced to 61 months last Friday by Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson, Q13 Fox reported.
Anderson pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree possession of child pornography.
Investigators found more than 9,000 pornographic images, many of children being sexually abused, after they seized one of Anderson’s hard drives, among other electronics, on July 11.
The number of images likely makes him Washington’s leading downloader of child pornography, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Detectives found the images on a virtual computer on the hard drive, which lets users view images without leaving a record.
Anderson worked as a software engineer before his arrest. He has a master’s degree in computer science.
According to court records, the married father of four said he does not drink or smoke because it is against his beliefs. He said he started the 12-step program for addiction before he went to jail, and he has since completed it.