Man pleads guilty in Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force case

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 6:19 p.m. CDT; updated 7:16 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

COLUMBIA—A Minnesota man pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual misconduct involving a child under 15 at a hearing Monday.

Joshua Anderson, 24, engaged in sexually explicit conversations in an Internet chat room with a Cyber Crimes Task Force investigator who used a fake username to impersonate a 14-year-old Columbia girl, according to a probable cause statement cited in a previous Missourian article.

Anderson's online exchanges with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force began in September of last year.

During that time, Anderson exposed himself on a webcam and attempted to coax the investigator to engage in sexual activity and to send nude images of herself, according to the release.

Felony charges were filed against Anderson on Feb. 1, and he was arrested the following day.

Sentencing for Anderson is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the13th Circuit Court for Boone County.

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.

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