For­mer pas­tor pleads guilty to child sex crimes

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIO MO­RALES Staff Writer

For­mer Bap­tist pas­tor and El Cen­tro res­i­dent Mark Quinn An­der­son pleaded guilty Thurs­day to two felony charges re­lated to hav­ing en­gaged in sex crimes with two separate mi­nors in 2014 and 2015.

Seven other felony charges re­lated to sex crimes with a mi­nor were dis­missed against An­der­son as a re­sult of him hav­ing agreed to a plea deal.

An­der­son po­ten­tially faces three years and eight months in state prison as a re­sult of his con­vic­tion for one count of en­gag­ing An­der­son in lewd acts

with a mi­nor, as well as one count of ar­rang­ing to meet with a mi­nor for the pur­poses of com­mit­ting a lewd act.

The plea agree­ment pro­posed a po­ten­tial three-year prison term in con­nec­tion to An­der­son hav­ing ar­ranged in June 2016 to meet with a mi­nor for the pur­poses of com­mit­ting a lewd act.

An eight month prison term, to run con­sec­u­tively with the three-year term, was pro­posed for An­der­son hav­ing en­gaged in lewd acts with a sec­ond mi­nor on two separate oc­ca­sions be­tween March 2014 and March 2015.

An­der­son will also be re­quired to reg­is­ter for life as a sex­ual of­fender as part of the plea agree­ment.

County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Christo­pher J. Plourd also or­dered An­der­son to re­port to the county Pro­ba­tion De­part­ment in the next few days. Fail­ure to do so would void the plea agree­ment, prompt­ing the court to im­pose a sen­tence as if no plea agree­ment was reached, Plourd said.

An­der­son is sched­uled to re­turn to the El Cen­tro court­house on Sept. 20, dur­ing which time vic­tim im­pact state­ments are ex­pected to be given, said county Deputy Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kevin Cay­ton.

An­der­son had orig­i­nally been ar­rested June 6 by Braw­ley po­lice af­ter hav­ing con­tacted a 14-year-old fe­male for the pur­pose of com­mit­ting lewd acts.

An­der­son was again ar­rested Dec. 30 in Los An­ge­les af­ter El Cen­tro po­lice had is­sued an ar­rest war­rant in con­nec­tion to An­der­son hav­ing en­gaged in lewd acts with a fe­male mi­nor, and also hav­ing per­suaded the mi­nor to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­duc­tion of child porn or en­gage in sex­ual acts on five dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

An­der­son had also been ar­rested by River­side County Sher­iff’s deputies in Fe­bru­ary 2016 for six felony counts al­leg­ing sex crimes with a mi­nor. A River­side County jury sub­se­quently found him not guilty of the charges in July 2016, the River­side County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice stated.

The re­main­ing seven charges that were dis­missed by the Im­pe­rial County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in­clude one count of en­gag­ing in a lewd act with a mi­nor, one count of pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy and five counts re­lated to com­pelling a vic­tim to pose for or en­gage in sex­ual acts.

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