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2 plead guilty to having child porn One, aspiring Santa; other, ex-Scout leader

Two local men -- one who offered to hire himself out as a Santa Claus and the other, a longtime Boy Scout leader -- pleaded guilty Friday to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said.

Raymond Bailey, 54, of Greiner Road, Clarence, was arrested July 6 after taking a laptop computer containing child pornography on a trip to a vacation home in Canada, federal officials said.

Bailey, an information technology instructor at a local business school, also assisted a local church with its Web site and advertised to hire himself out to appear at events as Santa Claus, according to Lev Kubiak, a supervisory agent from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

"We don't know if he got hired, but he was advertising himself as 'a real bearded Santa,' " Kubiak said. "We have no information linking him to any improper contact with children."

Bailey was stopped for questioning at the Peace Bridge on his way home from Canada, and border officers found the pornographic images while examining his laptop computer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana said.

More illegal images were subsequently found on a desktop computer in Bailey's home, the prosecutor said. Bailey, he added, pleaded guilty to possessing "more than 10, but less than 150" images of child pornography.

Before he was stopped for questioning at the Peace Bridge, Bailey's name had surfaced during "Operation Falcon," an international investigation targeting men who circulate child pornography over the Internet, Kubiak said.

Meanwhile, William Baker, 65, of Lackawanna, admitted to possessing child pornography after a computer repairman notified Lackawanna police that Baker's computer contained child pornography, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti.

Baker had been a Boy Scout leader for about 30 years before he was convicted in 1988 of two counts of sodomy for sexual conduct with a minor. He had previously admitted to molesting children, officials said.

Baker faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to 20 years overall along with a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Jan. 16, 2009.

Bailey is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15, also by Arcara.

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