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 April 23rd, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives arrest Port St. Lucie man Friday night for possession of child pornography, and arrest his father for resisting arrest, seize a computer, and take custody of a weapon, according to Sheriff Mascara
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators Friday night arrested a Port St. Lucie father and son, charging the son with possession of child pornography and the father with resisting arrest without violence, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Ten charges of pornography possession against Joseph D. Baldino, 30 (DOB 9/19/80), are based on 10 videos and still images on his laptop computer, showing girls aged 4 to 12 in obscene poses," Sheriff Mascara said. "We seized his laptop, and additional charges are pending. The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is committed to arresting those who traffic in child pornography over the Internet."

Baldino's father, Joseph Baldino III, 53 (DOB 3/3/58), returned home after work while deputies were at the home. After he refused to obey deputies' commands to stay seated in a chair, he stood up and tried to push his way past deputies, and was arrested for resisting arrest without violence.

He was taken to jail and released after posting $500 bond.

When deputies searched the home, they found an unloaded Cobray M-11 semiautomatic pistol, which is similar in appearance to an Uzi pistol. Deputies also found three fully loaded 32-round magazines, additional ammunition and a flak jacket. Joseph D. Baldino's mother said that if her son was going to jail, she did not want the weapon in the home, and deputies took it and the ammunition for safe keeping.

The younger Baldino was jailed under $25,000 bond. At this morning's bond hearings, Circuit Court Judge Larry Shack heard testimony from Sheriff's detectives about the weapon seized at the home, after which the judge raised the bond to $250,000.

Deputies went to the home Friday night to serve a search warrant for the pornography, Sheriff Mascara said. He continued, "When no one came to the door, deputies left for a short time. When they returned, they observed people inside. Again, no one came to the door, and deputies found it necessary to force entry into the home using a battering ram to open the front door. We learned after interviewing those inside the home that the younger Baldino and his mother were at the home when deputies first arrived."

Sheriff Mascara said one of the reasons deputies decided to forcibly enter the home was that on Oct. 7, 2010, Port St. Lucie police had arrested the younger Baldino for discharge of a firearm in public.

(Note: The attached photo of a Cobray M-11 semiautomatic pistol is not the photo of the pistol seized at the Baldino home. The photo depicts the same make and model of the seized weapon.)

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