Former 98.1 The Bull radio personality Roy Daniel "Dusty Dan" Baldridge was given an opportunity to get out of prison and turn his life around at a hearing in Fayette Circuit Court.
Baldridge, 37, was sentenced in April to five years in prison for possession of child pornography. The former disc jockey appeared Thursday morning before Judge James Ishmael, who granted him shock probation. Baldridge had to return to the detention center in Meade County, where he had been serving his sentence, but Ishmael said Baldridge's family could pick him up Thursday afternoon.
Ishmael gave Baldridge five years' probation and ordered him to attend and complete a sexual addiction program, attend a recovery group with his place of worship, attend an Alcoholics Anonymous program, and avoid owning and having access to a computer.
Ishmael said he typically would not require someone to attend a church program, but the program was brought up by Baldridge.
Ishmael repeatedly told Baldridge not to test him. He said treatment and accountability trumped the repulsiveness of the crime. The judge said Baldridge would return to prison if any conditions were violated.
"Don't send me any give-me-one-more-chance letters," Ishmael said. "Just bring your toothbrush."
Baldridge's attorneys said he could continue to work with a Lexington doctor. They said Baldridge did not receive treatment at the detention center, and a program at another jail was full.
Ishmael asked Baldridge where he planned to work. Baldridge said he would "cross that bridge" later.
"Treatment is my first focus," Baldridge said.
Baldridge has to be productive 40 hours a week, possibly attending school or working, as a condition of his probation.
Baldridge said he planned to stay with his parents if their house was not in an area prohibited for sex offenders. If he can't live there, Baldridge said, he would use proceeds from selling his home to get an apartment.
Prosecutors did not argue against the shock probation. They could not be reached for comment.
On his way out of the courtroom, Baldridge's father, Jesse, said he was pleased. He said his son wants to make a new start.
Another relative, Rachel Baldridge, said she wanted to "thank God for everything."
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.