A local radio personality is no longer with Lexington's leading country station after being arrested Tuesday morning on four child-pornography charges.
Roy Daniel Baldridge, who was called Dusty Dan on country station 98.1 The Bull, also faces firearm and stolen property charges after two men allegedly broke into his house and took a handgun that previously had been reported stolen by someone else.
Baldridge, 36, pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property and possession of a defaced firearm during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon. Fayette District Judge Megan Lake Thornton advised Baldridge to hire an attorney. She declined to reduce his $7,000 cash bond, and he remained in the Fayette County jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 23.
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Baldridge has not been arraigned on the child-pornography charges.
On Tuesday afternoon, Clear Channel, which owns 98.1 The Bull, issued a statement, "We can confirm that Dan Baldridge is no longer with the company."
Company representatives declined to answer additional questions, saying they don't comment on "employee matters."
Police originally went to Baldridge's home to investigate a suspected burglary.
"During the investigation of the burglary, information was gathered that led to the second investigation," Lexington police Lt. Doug Pape said. He declined to elaborate on what information officers gathered during the first investigation.
The second investigation prompted officers to charge Baldridge with four counts of possession of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor, Pape said.
Lexington police initially received a call after 1 a.m. Tuesday about "two suspicious people looking like they were about to break into a house," Pape said. The men had parked a car on the street and were walking between houses, Pape said.
Officers arrived and interviewed Baldridge at his home in the 200 block of Malabu Drive, according to arrest records. He told police that a small, black handgun with an extension on the end of the magazine had been stolen.
During the investigation, officers found two men in the area, Pape said. According to police reports, Aaron R. Campbell and Justin A. Dunson told police they had crawled through the kitchen window of Baldridge's home, entered the upstairs bedroom and found Baldridge's handgun under a mattress.
The handgun, a Bersa .380, had been reported stolen Aug. 11, arrest records state.
Campbell, 22, and Dunson, 23, were arrested on charges of first-degree burglary. They were being held in the Fayette County jail.
Baldridge is normally on the air from 5 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday as part of the Mooo Crew on WBUL-98.1 FM. He previously co-hosted The Show With No Name on WLAP in the afternoons.