CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former state Child Protective Services employee will spend four years on home confinement for possessing images of child pornography.
On Monday, Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., sentenced George Anderson, 37, of St. Albans, to four years on home confinement despite a prosecutor's insistence that Anderson should go to prison.
Anderson pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography. At least one of the images depicted a grown man urinating into a child's mouth, assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Erica Lord said.
"The defendant admitted that he was sexually aroused by these images," Lord said during Monday's sentencing. "He is a danger, and that danger needs to be locked up and sentenced to the penitentiary."
Lord said that because of the nature of the crime, and his former job with child protective services, "we're just lucky that maybe he hasn't touched a child".
Ronnie Sheets, Anderson's lawyer, pointed out that Anderson did not have a criminal record and said that he was abused as a child. Sheets also said that Anderson dealt mostly with adults while working with CPS and had not held a position where he had regular contact with children for eight years.
"There's no evidence at all that he's inclined to go out and molest a child," Sheets said. "I think it's overbearing by the state to try and vilify my client."