A Lynchburg man entered pleas Monday to a list of child sex charges for which he could spend up to 935 years in prison.
Jared Miller Anderson, 41, entered Alford pleas to 52 total counts of taking indecent liberties with a child younger than 15 years old, soliciting sex from a minor and possessing child pornography, according to court documents.
By entering Alford pleas, Anderson didn’t admit guilt in the case but acknowledged there’s enough evidence to convict him. He agreed to plead to his charges in exchange for a reduction to 20 counts of child solicitation.
In doing so, he reduced the potential length of his sentence — he could’ve faced 200 years of combined mandatory minimum time from those charges and instead is facing 100 years of combined mandatory minimum time.
According to search warrants filed in the case, Anderson started chatting online with a 14-year-old girl from North Dakota around Nov. 20, 2016. He was posing as a 24-year-old named Brian Thompson and received nude images and videos from the girl via Snapchat.
Law enforcement interviewed the girl about what happened when Anderson flew out to visit her in early December 2016, which they confirmed through receipts and records from his transactions, the warrants state. The girl recalled what happened during the visit and the two exchanged a “very graphic recount of what occurred” in messages afterward, according to previous statements from Detective Kevin Poindexter with Lynchburg Police Department, who investigated the case.
The warrants state Anderson gave the girl alcohol during their encounter and she blacked out at some point.
Anderson was arrested Nov. 2 of last year when police raided his office at a local civil engineering firm where Anderson was listed as IT director in the past. Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Bennett, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday, said in a previous hearing that he’s been banned from the company.
Matthew Pack, Anderson’s attorney, didn’t respond to a request to comment before press time Tuesday.
Police seized various pieces of computer equipment and sex toys from Anderson’s office and car, as well as similar items from his home.
Poindexter, the Lynchburg detective in the case, previously said Anderson used multiple fake dating accounts and several local people reported sexual misconduct or rapes involving Anderson since his arrest. Those accounts spanned about 13 years, and some came from people who’ve been in theatrical productions with Anderson, an actor in the community.
The plea agreement forbids Anderson from contacting the girl and doesn’t prevent new charges from being placed on Anderson in other jurisdictions. There’s no sentencing agreement, and he acknowledged he could spend anywhere from five to 935 years in prison on the charges.
Anderson will get a psychosexual evaluation before he’s sentenced, which is scheduled to happen Feb. 12. He’s still being held at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.
Rachel Mahoney covers courts for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5554.