Former 98.1 The Bull radio personality Roy Daniel "Dusty Dan" Baldridge was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Baldridge was originally arrested Oct. 13 on firearms and stolen property charges after two men allegedly broke into his house and took a handgun that had been reported stolen by someone else.
Officers who later executed a search warrant of Baldridge's home in the 200 block of Malabu Drive found more than 500 images of child pornography and erotica in a bag, according to police reports.
A grand jury dismissed the firearms and stolen property charges. But Baldridge was later arraigned for the child pornography charges. On Feb. 19, he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Two other counts of the same charge were dismissed.
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At the sentencing Friday, Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael said he had received numerous letters of support from Baldridge's friends, family and co-workers.
Ishmael also acknowledged that Baldridge, 37, had not had contact with the young people in the photos who were mostly male teenagers; however, Ishmael would not give Baldridge probation because of the victims depicted in the photos.
"If not for you and people that prey on this, the images would have not been made," Ishmael said.
Baldridge, who has been receiving counseling, told the judge the original charges were "the best thing that ever happened."
Ishmael sentenced Baldridge to five years for each count, but the sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Baldridge is required to register as a sex offender for 20 years.