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July 8, 2014

Alexander Baglole gets 5 years' 'strict probation' in child porn case

Agreement means he won't have to register as a sex offender

SALEM — A Salem man and former camp counselor who was found to have dozens of images of child pornography on his computer in 2011 has made a deal with prosecutors that spares him jail time and any requirement that he admit to wrongdoing.

As a result of a deal reached between Alexander Baglole’s attorney and the attorney general’s office, Baglole, 23, was granted a “general continuance” of a charge of possessing child pornography.

He was placed on five years of pretrial probation Tuesday by Salem District Court Allen Swan, with conditions that include continued therapy, no viewing of pornography, and permission for probation officials to randomly inspect his computer and other electronic devices.

Because the case was continued generally, he will not be required to register as a sex offender.

Baglole, confronted by state police in September 2011, allegedly admitted to looking at images of children engaged in sexual activity and said, “It’s gross. I’m gross.”

State police had been alerted to the possible existence of child pornography on Baglole’s computer by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and obtained a search warrant for computers in his family’s home in Stoughton, according to an affidavit attached to the complaint.

A family member told troopers that Baglole had just returned to Salem to begin his sophomore year at Salem State University. He had taken his computer, an Apple MacBook, to school with him.

The troopers headed to his apartment at 26 Gardner St. in Salem, where they agreed to speak with him in a bedroom so that his roommates would not hear, according to the affidavit.

Privacy was apparently a strong concern throughout the case; at the end of his interview with the troopers in 2011, he asked that if he were to be arrested that it be done “privately,” according to the affidavit.

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