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Federal grand jurors have indicted a St. Mary’s man on charges of coercing two teenage girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct earlier this year for the purpose of producing child pornography.

Cary Anderson, identified by federal prosecutors as a 32-year-old Dameron resident, engaged in sexual acts, including intercourse, in February with a 13-year-old girl and also enticed her and a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with each other, according to a copy of the indictment released Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland. Anderson “produced visual depictions” of the sexual conduct, the indictment alleges, and the charging document includes a forfeiture action to seize “profits or other proceeds obtained from the offenses.”

The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred between Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. St. Mary’s detectives alleged that month that Anderson, a St. Mary’s jail inmate authorized to be transfered to a residential drug treatment facility in Charles County, walked away from the facility on Feb. 10 and was arrested on Feb. 27 on an escape charge and three warrants for violating probation.

Online court records state that a judge ordered last month in St. Mary’s that Anderson be held in custody in lieu of $3,500 bond on a charge of committing a second-degree assault. He will have his initial appearance on the new federal charges in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on May 31.

The federal prosecutors’ office reports that a conviction on the charges in the child pornography indictment carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release and registration as a sexual offender. The investigation through a federal Project Safe Childhood initiative was assisted by FBI agents, St. Mary’s detectives and the St. Mary’s state’s attorney’s office.

jwharton@somdnews.com