A local radio personality had more than 500 images of child pornography and erotica in a bag at his home when police arrested him Tuesday morning on unrelated charges, according to arrest records.
Roy Daniel Baldridge, also known as Dusty Dan on country station 98.1 The Bull, faces four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Baldridge is no longer with the radio station.
Clear Channel, which owns 98.1 The Bull, issued a statement Tuesday: "We can confirm that Dan Baldridge is no longer with the company."
Baldridge, 36, was arrested Tuesday 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.
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Officers who later executed a search warrant of Baldridge's home in the 200 block of Malabu Drive found the bag of child pornography and erotica, according to police reports.
Detective David Hester wrote in a report that "84 of these images clearly meet the definition of child pornography." The images are of prepubescent male juveniles, Hester wrote. Four of those images were selected as the basis of the charges.
Baldridge has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. On Wednesday, Baldridge appeared in Fayette District Court to be arraigned on the child pornography charges. Fayette District Judge Julie Goodman reduced his bond to $5,000 cash. He will appear in court Oct. 23.
Baldridge's attorney, Brian Gilfedder, declined comment.
Police initially were called to Baldridge's home after 1 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a report about two men who had parked on the street and were walking between houses. A neighbor called police because the two men looked as if they were going to break into a house, according to Lexington police.
Officers arrived and interviewed Baldridge, according to arrest records. He told police that a small black handgun with an extension on the end of the magazine had been stolen.
Investigators found Aaron R. Campbell and Justin A. Dunson in the area, and the two men 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, according to police reports. The handgun, a Bersa .380, had been reported stolen Aug. 11, according to police reports.
Campbell, 22, and Dunson, 23, were arrested on charges of first-degree burglary. They were being held in the Fayette County jail.
Aside from traffic tickets, Baldridge has no apparent criminal record in Fayette County.
As part of the "Mooo Crew" on WBUL-98.1 FM, Baldridge was on the air from 5 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. He previously co-hosted The Show With No Name on WLAP in the afternoons.