SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 11, 2013

Salem man facing child porn charges flees

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — When police showed up at Daniel Baldwin’s home Thursday afternoon with a search warrant to look for child pornography on his computer, he began screaming at them to get out of his house, then fled, according to a police report.

Now Baldwin, 21, of 13 Parlee St., is facing charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in addition to the child pornography charges.

Baldwin pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography during his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court, where a judge ordered that he be held without bail pending a mental health evaluation scheduled for Monday.

The charges stem from an ongoing state police investigation into child pornography being distributed on computer file-sharing networks.

In January, a state police sergeant located five videos that were allegedly being made available to other users of the file-sharing service from a computer that was traced to Baldwin through its Internet Protocol, or IP, address, according to a police report. The sergeant was also able to watch as the same computer searched out and downloaded a file from the file-sharing service, according to the report.

The files, mostly short movies, depicted preteen and teenage girls engaged in sexually suggestive behavior.

During their search on Thursday, investigators identified as many as 1,000 files on Baldwin’s computer that they believe contain child pornography.

While police were executing the search warrant, Baldwin, who had been crying, left the home. His aunt showed up a short time later and told officers that he suffers from mental illness.

Police then began searching for Baldwin, looking for him in the area of Boston and Essex streets, where a friend of his lives.

They later learned that his mother had received a phone call from him looking for a ride to Maine.

Police spotted him walking near 405 Essex St., wearing pajamas and a hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head.

When he realized police had spotted him, he ran, according to Salem police. State police Trooper Brandon Arakelian called out to Baldwin, who then reversed direction. Salem police Detective Eric Connolly tried to block Baldwin’s path near the intersection of Warren Street.

Baldwin then ran across multiple lanes of rush-hour traffic on Essex Street, toward a strip mall, according to police. As he approached the locked gate to a playground, Arakelian managed to tackle him.

A screaming Baldwin, who police said was protesting his innocence, was then brought back to his home, where he was arrested.

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