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Former radio DJ granted shock probation in child porn case

A former radio DJ, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges, will be getting out of jail early.

A judge granted Roy "Dusty Dan" Baldridge shock probation during a hearing Thursday morning.

Baldridge went by the name "Dusty Dan'" on 98.1 The Bull until police say they found the porn inside his home, which portrayed juveniles performing sexual acts.

The judge, while saying shock probation comes with controversy, granted the motion.

Baldridge had been incarcerated in Meade County since being sentenced in April.

Last October, police arrested the former radio DJ after his home was broken into. Police say they found more than 500 images of child pornography inside.

In the courtroom Thursday, Fayette County Judge James Ishmael said he considered the fact that Baldridge had no contact with any minors, nor was there any suspicion of such activity.

However, Ishmael emphasized the seriousness of the offense and its effect on the community, saying that "shock probation depreciates the seriousness of the crime."

Still, the judge granted shock probation to Baldridge.

Baldridge's family says they hope this decision will be good for him.

The judge issued the probation with numerous conditions.

Baldridge must attend sex addicts meetings, AA meetings, and receive counseling.

He must also work full time and will be subjected to random drug tests and searches.

The judge also ordered Baldridge cannot own or use any computer.

Baldridge now has to contact the parole and probations office to set up his first appointment with an officer.


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