It took only 30 minutes for the jury to render guilty verdicts in the trial of a former Ellis man charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child Friday morning.
Michael Ray Anderson sat quietly next to defense attorney Alex Herman as Kansas Senior Judge Edward Bouker read off the findings on all 10 similar counts in Ellis County District Court.
Anderson was remanded back to custody of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office while he awaits sentencing. He could face 32 to 132 months in prison, depending on his prior criminal history.
“I am quite pleased with the verdict and happy the jury was able to view the evidence and adequately determine the result,” said Crystalyn Oswald, assistant Ellis County attorney, who tried the case.
“We appreciate the hard work law enforcement put in to gathering the evidence and preparing this case so we could charge it and present it to a jury,” said Tom Drees, county attorney. “We appreciate the time and effort of the jury to carefully listen to and consider the evidence.”
Anderson also will be required to register as an offender for at least 25 years, possibly for life.
The jury went into deliberations at 8:45 a.m. Friday, following closing comments from Oswald and Herman.
Oswald reminded the jurors of the pictures they saw in testimony from Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brad Ricke the previous day. She said those were only 10 of 295 recovered from a CD, computer tower and external hard drive linked to Anderson.
“His excuse is, ‘I didn’t do it,’ ” she said. “And that Walmart inadvertently put the pictures on the discs and then sold them to my wife.
“Unfortunately, those were not the only places child pornography shows up in his house.”
Herman asked the jury to remember Ricke didn’t follow up with any of the other possible suspects Anderson had alleged during interviews.
“Ladies and gentlemen, there is reasonable doubt all over this,” Herman told the jury.
Herman said Anderson bared his skeletons to the jury in testimony Thursday, in which he admitted he used drugs — including methamphetamine.
“A drug addict or not, smart or stupid, an incomplete investigation is an incomplete investigation,” Herman said in closing.
Oswald, in the second half of her closing, pressed to show Anderson was the guilty party.
“The evidence shows the person who possessed it is Michael Ray Anderson,” she said.