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August 6, 2013

Man gets 9 months for child porn

SALEM — A Salem man will spend nine months in jail, followed by two years on probation, after admitting to having approximately 1,000 images of child pornography on his computer when police searched it in May.

Daniel Baldwin, 21, of 13 Parlee St., pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing child pornography, as well as to a disorderly conduct charge after he fled the home and ran across multiple lanes of rush-hour traffic on Essex Street on the evening of May 9, pursued by police.

Baldwin was home when state and Salem police showed up with a warrant that afternoon. Baldwin allegedly admitted to using file-sharing software. As police conducted the search of his computer, Baldwin asked to go outside to calm down, prosecutor Susan Dolhun said.

Instead, he took off and was later spotted on Boston Street, where police found out that he was calling his mother for a ride to Maine.

After the foot chase, Baldwin was caught by police.

Dolhun said the images were primarily of children between the ages of 8 and 12, engaged in sexual poses and activities, some with adults.

The sentence, two years in jail with nine months to be served and the balance suspended for two years, during which Baldwin will be on probation and monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet, was the result of a plea agreement reached between Baldwin’s attorney, William O’Hare, and Dolhun.

Among the other conditions of his probation are requirements that he register as a sex offender and have no unsupervised contact with children under 18.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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