Guilty plea en­tered for il­le­gal guns, child porn

Wal­dorf man charged by feds af­ter ‘bunker’ was raided

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

A man found with a vast ar­se­nal of il­le­gal ma­chine guns, ri­fles, de­struc­tive de­vices and an ar­chive of child pornog­ra­phy, af­ter fed­eral agents raided an un­der­ground bunker hid­den in­side his Wal­dorf home last May, pleaded guilty in U.S. Dis­trict Court of Green­belt on Mon­day.

Caleb An­drew Bai­ley, 31, who had been elected in the 2016 pri­mary as a del­e­gate to at­tend the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in sup­port of Don­ald Trump, was

found with 14 ma­chine guns, 14 un­reg­is­tered short-bar­reled ri­fles, 20 grenade launch­ers, six ther­mite gre­nades, as well as an un­told num­ber of legally-owned firearms stashed in­side the hid­den bunker, ac­cord­ing to court records. In a de­ten­tion hear­ing last year, Bai­ley’s at­tor­ney — ar­gu­ing in fa­vor of a bond — told the court that the vast ma­jor­ity of the weapons were le­gal.

The case be­gan af­ter a pack­age, mailed by Bai­ley, rup­tured at a U.S. Postal Ser­vice fa­cil­ity in Fe­bru­ary 2016. In­side the pack­age, which was ad­dressed to a firearms store in Wis­con­sin, po­lice found ex­plo­sive am­mu­ni­tion.

When po­lice raided Bai­ley’s home in May, they re­cov­ered an enor­mous cache of weapons, hid­den cam­eras and elec­tronic de­vices con­tain­ing a vast col­lec­tion of child pornog­ra­phy — about 600 videos, pros­e­cu­tors said in court. Some ap­peared to have been down­loaded from the in­ter­net, but the govern­ment said Bai­ley also used hid­den cam­eras to se­cretly record three naked teenage boys so he could later watch them for his own sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion.

From March 2014 to Jan­uary 2016, Bai­ley pro­duced more than 100 videos cap­tur­ing the boys’ gen­i­tals, with whom he would of­ten travel with to at­tend ATV rid­ing events, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice of Mary­land.

Bai­ley lived alone in a home lo­cated on a 75acre plot of land owned by his fa­ther, Collins Bai­ley, a for­mer vice chair of the Mary­land Repub­li­can Party, who owns a whole­sale lum­ber business.

When law en­force­ment swooped in on Bai­ley’s home, a 17-year-old boy at the res­i­dence, di­rected by Bai­ley, at­tempted to hide a Pana­sonic Tough­book lap­top, a Sony cam­era and a Sea­gate ex­ter­nal hard drive in the woods be­hind the home, cov­er­ing them with leaves by a foot­bridge, ac­cord­ing to his plea agree­ment. Po­lice re­cov­ered the elec­tronic de­vices, which were then foren­si­cally an­a­lyzed to re­veal a large amount of child pornog­ra­phy.

“He’s se­cre­tive. He’s a ghost,” said As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Jen­nifer Sykes dur­ing the May 2016 de­ten­tion hear­ing. “He’s de­ceived so many peo­ple … these mi­nors who trusted him.”

On a hard drive re­cov­ered by po­lice, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found fold­ers named af­ter each of the three boys, court pro­ceed­ings re­vealed. In­side the fold­ers were sub-fold­ers la­beled “hid­den cam­era videos,” pros­e­cu­tors said. Footage from the bath­room cam­era is aimed to­ward the shower, fo­cused on the boys’ gen­i­tals.

“This was not in­ad­ver­tent,” Sykes said. “This was pur­pose­ful.”

Judge Paul Grimm, who re­tired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Re­serve, called the weapons cache dis­cov­ered in Bai­ley’s un­der­ground bunker “sim­ply jaw-drop­ping in its mag­ni­tude,” adding that he has never seen an ar­se­nal of that size.

“Mr. [Wil­liam] Ben­nett, how did the fam­ily not know about it?” Grimm asked Bai­ley’s at­tor­ney dur­ing the de­ten­tion hear­ing, won­der­ing how Bai­ley could af­ford to amass such an ar­ray of weapons.

His fam­ily knew he col­lected firearms, Bren­nan replied, but “they ab­so­lutely did not know the ex­tent of this.”

Bren­nan in­di­cated that Bai­ley may have si­phoned off some of his fam­ily’s prop­erty.

If the court ac­cepts his plea agree­ment, Bai­ley will be re­quired to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender where he lives, where he is em­ployed and where he is a stu­dent. He is sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore Judge Grimm on Nov. 30, sub­ject to be­tween 10 to 27 years in prison.

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