Trump delegate indicted on federal charges of child porn, gun, explosives
Bailey, of Waldorf, held until hearing
A Waldorf man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, accused of illegally transporting explosives and ammunition, possession of a machine gun, as well as production and possession of child pornography, the U.S. States Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
A delegate of the Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump, Caleb Andrew Bailey, 30, remains in federal custody awaiting a detention hearing scheduled for May 24.
His father, Collins Bailey, is the former vice chair of the Maryland Republican Party.
On Feb. 18, a package ruptured open at a postal facility in Capitol Heights, prompting postal police and inspectors to respond to the scene, authorities reported.
The package, which was
addressed to a firearms store in Wisconsin, contained 400 rounds of .223 caliber ammo, 119 rounds of reloaded .50 caliber cartridges with M48A1 incendiary projectiles, and 200 rounds of 14.5mm M183A1 spotting projectiles which contain an explosive charge, according to court records.
Investigation revealed that the package was one of five that had been dropped off at the USPS White Plains branch on Feb. 17, Special Agent Daniel Giblin wrote in an affidavit.
On Feb. 25 and March 3, a man believed to be Bailey called and allegedly provided the tracking number for the package, advising that it had not been delivered yet, court records indicate. Investigators believe Bailey used a false name when he called the first time but identified himself as Caleb Bailey during the second call.
On May 5, police raided properties associated to Bailey, including his home, and allegedly seized a machine gun and reportedly found evidence that Bailey “used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct
to produce child pornography” from March 2015 to January 2016, a USAO press release states. The indictment also alleges that Bailey was in possession of child pornography.
“Bailey faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for unlawful transport of explosives by a non-licensee and for illegal possession of a machine gun; a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for production and attempted production of child pornography; and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography,” states a USAO press release.
In custody, Bailey awaits a detention hearing on May 24, at which time his initial appearance will be scheduled.
In the press release, United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein “commended ATF-Arson and Explosives Group for the Baltimore Field Division, HSI Baltimore, U.S. Postal Inspection Service-Washington Division and Charles County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.” Rosenstein also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Sykes and Thomas P. Windom, who are prosecuting the case.
When reached by phone, Collins Bailey declined comment.