A Connecticut man is accused of secretly filming nude girls as young as 11 inside his Salisbury beach house, as well as giving fraudulent medical examinations to women and recording those sessions without their knowledge.
David E. Anderson, 44, of Newtown, Conn., pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment in Newburyport District Court on charges of unlawfully recording a nude or partially nude person, and possession of child pornography, officials said.
The lawyer who represented him for the arraignment only, Anthony Papoulias, declined to comment except to say that Anderson is in the process of retaining counsel for the Massachusetts case and for related charges pending in Connecticut.
According to a report by Salisbury police Detective Sergeant Anthony King, Anderson’s wife discovered video images last month on his computer of four naked girls between the ages of 11 and 13.
His wife told Newtown police that the videos were taken in a downstairs bathroom in the couple’s Salisbury summer home, apparently without the girls’ knowledge, King wrote. Police also identified at least a dozen other images on Anderson’s hard drive, which his wife voluntarily surrendered, that were believed to be child pornography, according to King.
“There were hundreds and possibly thousands of images of erotica depicting young females in varying degrees of dress and undress,” King wrote.
In addition, he said, police recovered images of Anderson conducting what appeared to be medical examinations of women in the Salisbury house, including one picture of Anderson giving an invasive examination while gloved.
“It appears that he was posing as a doctor and conducting medical evaluations and internal examinations of unknown females,” King wrote.
“It appears that these women were unaware that they were being video recorded, as well.”
Police later contacted a 30-year-old woman whose number was listed in Anderson’s cellphone and records.
The woman told police that she was handed a flier in New York City requesting test subjects for medical students and clinical research. Her understanding was that before the student examinations, subjects would undergo a “baseline” examination by Anderson, King wrote.
The woman told police that she received $50 for the examination that Anderson conducted.
In addition to the computer drive, Anderson’s wife voluntarily gave police a green container and a black bag, which she said she found in the couple’s Newtown home while looking for Christmas decorations, King wrote.
The parcels contained medical equipment, questionnaires, and instructions on how to perform “complete physical examinations” of women, according to King.
“After a further investigation and listing of potential sexual assault victims, there are at least 20 named females [who] need to be interviewed,” he said.
In addition, King wrote, he was told that Anderson had been forcibly committed to a psychiatric facility in Danbury, Conn., and that he could only be held there until Nov. 14.
King said there is “a history of reported domestic violence” between Anderson and his wife, culminating in a divorce request she made in September.
Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office, said Anderson was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment.
He is barred from contacting any of his alleged victims if he posts bail. It was not immediately clear on Tuesday if he had posted.
Anderson is due back in court on Jan. 7 for a probable cause hearing.
His wife said he has been staying in the Salisbury house since she told him that she wanted a divorce, according to King’s report.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.