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Sports Clerk Charged in Child Porn Case

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Sports Clerk Charged in Child Porn Case

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A Chicago Sun-Times sports department employee has confessed to arranging, and sometimes videotaping, more than 150 sexual encounters for male high school athletes, the Cook County state's attorney's office says.

At a bond hearing for Peter Anding, 27, an assistant state's attorney charged that high school athletes who agreed to the arrangements received greater coverage in the Sun-Times.

"The defendant would exploit these boys who participated by his position as a sportswriter. Boys who would participate would receive more press coverage than those who didn't," said assistant state's attorney Joseph Brent.

Brent said Anding had signed a confession that he had arranged more than 150 sexual encounters involving high school boys over a six-year period. Chicago police arrested Anding on Sept. 25 in the Sun-Times newsroom.

Anding was charged with aggravated criminal sexual as s ault and manufacture of child pornography stemming from incidents last spring with a 15-year-old athlete.

In one, Anding allegedly picked up a 19-year-old woman who went to a motel room and performed oral sex on the boy. Another time, that Anding allegedly hired a prostitute to have sexual intercourse with the boy. Both incidents were videotaped, police said.

A police search of Anding's apartment turned up more than three dozen videotapes featuring apparent minors, assistant state's attorney Brent told the bond hearing. In addition there were nude photographs of male juveniles and a diary with explicit descriptions of sex between teen-aged males and women, Brent said.

Brent was ordered held without bond.

Authorities also revealed Anding had an extensive criminal past.

In 1984, he was sentenced in Normal, Ill., to six years for deviant sexual assault. While still on an appeal bond in that case, Anding was arrested and convicted of kidnapping and unlawful restraint of a juvenile. Anding received seven years on that charge, but the two sentences were ordered served concurrently and Anding was released after 42 months in prison.

Anding was on probation when he was arrested in the high school athlete case, authorities said.

In a statement, the Chicago SunTimes said Anding was not a full-time employee of the newspaper at the time he allegedly arranged the sexual encounter for the 15-year-old athlete.

The newspaper said Anding had been recently hired as a full-time agate clerk in the sports department. …

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