Trump Delegate Faces Child Pornography And Gun Charges

| by Sheena Vasani
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Authorities charged Donald Trump's Maryland Republican National Convention delegate with possessing both child pornography and illegal weapons on May 19.

Between March 2015 and January 2016, 30-year-old Caleb Andrew Bailey allegedly used a minor to perform pornographic acts and owned unlawful guns and explosives, CNN reports.

“[Bailey] knowingly attempted to and did employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in any sexually explicit conduct ... for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and the visual depiction had been produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate and foreign commerce,” the charges stated, New York Daily News reports.

In February, authorities were called in after a post office reportedly found a package from Bailey filled with explosives, including 119 rounds of .50-caliber cartridges with incendiary projectiles. Authorities later learned Bailey did not have have a federal explosives license to manufacture or distribute those types of cartridges.

"Bailey was present during at least part of the searches. Bailey made certain admissions to law enforcement, including that he had shipped the recovered package," stated court documents.

During a search, authorities say they found more illegal items in Bailey’s home. They found weapons and suspected child pornography on Bailey’s computer, reports CNN.

Since then, Trump’s presidential campaign has been quick to distance itself from Bailey.

"We strongly condemn these allegations and leave it in the capable hands of law enforcement. He will be replaced immediately,” campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.

Bailey is not the first questionable Trump delegate to capture national attention, Mother Jones reports.

One of the nation’s most prominent white supremacists, American Freedom Party leader William Johnson, applied to be a delegate and was accepted May 9.

"[Trump] is allowing us to talk about things we've not been able to talk about," Johnson said. "So even if he is not elected, he has achieved great things."

The next day, the Trump campaign quickly announced the selection was based on a “database error” and Johnson stepped down.

Sources: CNN, New York Daily News, Mother Jones / Photo credit: Department of Justice via New York Daily News


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