Local man sentenced for seducing a minor | Crime, police and courts
PEORIA – A federal jury deliberated for just over 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Wednesday against Robert Shawn Anderson, 52, of Paxton, on one count of seducing a minor.
In two days of testimony this week, the government presented evidence to establish that Anderson arranged to meet someone he believed to be a 15-year-old for sexual activity on the dating site MeetMe, according to a press release.
Anderson’s sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm at the Federal Courthouse in Peoria. Anderson faces legal sentences of 10 years to life imprisonment. He remains in the custody of the US Marshals.
Anderson was arrested on Valentine’s Day weekend 2020 as part of a Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Division operation in Kankakee County.
According to federal authorities, authorities arrested 15 men, including 11 from Kankakee County, for pedophilia.
The operation was carried out with the assistance of the Bradley Police Department, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office and the group metropolitan application of the Kankakee region. Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney Shannon O’Brien – also deputy bureau chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office – and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson represented the government at the trial.
“This guilty verdict shows both the continuing threat to our children and the fact that law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to combat the threat,” Acting US Attorney Doug Quivey said in the statement. âWe will all collectively continue to work together to protect our children. “