DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A former kindergarten teacher was sentenced Thursday, March 3 to 20 years in prison for buying sexually explicit images of children.
Jason Sherod Baldwin, 29, was charged via criminal complaint in July 2020 and charged less than a month later.
Baldwin pleaded guilty in August 2021 to one count of receiving child pornography.
He was ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons on April 6.
In plea documents, Baldwin, a former teacher at Dallas Hockaday School, admitted to using Kik, an encrypted messaging app popular among teens, to buy links to child pornography from another Kik user.
In chats, Baldwin asked “mostly boy-on-boy tween video[eo]s.”
According to court documents, the investigation into Baldwin began after FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at the home of a convicted sex offender in Philadelphia.
A search of the offender’s phone revealed that he regularly uses Kik to solicit payment for links to child pornography. One of the stories the offender communicated with goes back to Baldwin.
On October 29, Baldwin messaged the sex offender about purchasing child pornography. The offender shared a link to a “preview” folder and provided a cost for the full file set.
Baldwin sent the money via PayPal and received links to the files minutes later.
The investigation showed that Baldwin purchased child pornography from the offender several times over the following months, November 11 (two videos of underage men), December 8 (one video and over 100 images), December 18 December (two videos), and January 21 (seven videos).
In an interview with law enforcement after his arrest, Baldwin admitted that he used Kik to purchase sexually explicit images of children.
He said he had hundreds of sexually explicit images and videos of children stored on his cell phones and had been watching child pornography for about eight years.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office and the Plano Police Department conducted the investigation with assistance from the Bureau’s Philadelphia Field Office.