Cyber sting nets alleged Anchorage child pornographer, police say

Devin Kelly

An Anchorage man has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse and the possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said.

Kevin Dale Callander, 44, was charged Wednesday with 13 felony counts related to the possession, production and distribution of child pornography, and the sexual abuse and exploitation of minors. He is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Center without bail.

An undercover detective monitoring online networks and file downloads for child abuse material began investigating Callander in August, according to an affidavit obtained by the Anchorage Daily News. The investigator, Detective Mark Thomas of the Anchorage Police Department, tracked IP addresses and downloaded several child pornography video files from a computer allegedly belonging to Callander, the affidavit said.

In late October, authorities served a search warrant at Callander's home on the 6000 block of Windsor Place and seized a computer with more than 1,300 files on it, police said.

Authorities began mining the files allegedly belonging to Callander and found numerous videos showing the sexual exploitation of children, some as young as 3 or 4 years old, according to the affidavit. Thomas was working with the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which includes the Anchorage Police Department, Alaska State Troopers and special agents from the United States Postal Service.

Only about 50 percent of the recovered material has been reviewed by authorities, and more charges may be coming, said Lt. Nancy Reeder, a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit. Police believe Callander manufactured the child pornography and distributed it in Anchorage, as well as outside areas.

"This one was just close too home for us," Reeder said. She said authorities suspect Callander has had inappropriate physical contact with children for decades.

Police said several local victims had been identified and contacted by authorities, and believe more may be located in Anchorage and Florida. Callandar lived in Florida before moving to Alaska. He's made several trips back to Florida since, Reeder said.

No one picked up the phone at Callander's home on Wednesday. A lawyer representing Callander, Phil Shanahan, said he could not immediately comment on the case. Callander is married with five adult children and has no prior criminal convictions, according to police.

Police said the investigation into Callandar is ongoing and anyone with related information can call investigators at 786-8500.