An Ennis couple is awaiting extradition to Texas after their arrest in Las Vegas on local warrants alleging possession of child pornography.

The Ennis Police Department obtained the warrants for Buddy Wayne Anderson, 38, and Sharon Lee Anderson, 37, on Feb. 8, the same day a cleaning crew member alerted officers to photographs and other items he’d found at an apartment in the 800 block of N. Clay St.

The arrest warrant affidavits filed relating to the case detail the items officers recovered at the scene.

Those items include a fire safe in which officers found “at least 37 photographs that either contained images of young children in the nude or in sexual poses or photographs of suspect Buddy Anderson having sex with dolls,” according to the affidavit, which also states officers located a larger, child-sized doll that had been altered relating to its use.

Also recovered was a box of VHS tapes, of which at least one contained images of children in sexual poses or nude, according to the affidavit.

A press release issued by Ennis police indicates officers were unable to immediately locate the Andersons, with the search efforts extending throughout Ellis and Navarro counties.

“Information indicated that the Andersons were actively avoiding law enforcement,” Hopson said, saying information was subsequently received that the couple might be in the Prescott, Ariz., area. At that point, the U.S. Marshal’s Service was contacted, with assistance requested in locating the Andersons, Hopson said.

U.S. Marshal’s Service deputies were able to confirm the Andersons were in the Prescott area and eventually tracked them to Las Vegas, Hopson said, saying the deputies located them in a homeless shelter there March 1.

The Andersons were taken into custody without incident and are being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, pending their extradition.

On Wednesday, Hopson said he was unsure as to how long the extradition process would take and which agency would be involved in returning the Andersons to Texas.

“The Ennis Police Department would like to thank the United States Marshal’s Service; the Yavapai County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office; the Amtrak Police Department; the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police; and Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this investigation and apprehension,” Hopson said.  

Anyone who has any additional information on Buddy and or Sharon Anderson is asked to contact Hopson or detective Sgt. Mark Mahoney at the Ennis Police Department at 972-875-4462.

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