A Maryland man whose family operated a home day care pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and sexually exploiting a child.
Steve Baker, 41, admitted having 50,000 images of child pornography and 1,000 videos of it on his computer at a sign shop he ran in Vienna, Virginia, and on his home computer in Kensington, Maryland, where state records show his family once ran a daycare operation through 2012.
Prosecutors didn't go into details about any victims but said a lot of those images were downloaded by Baker onto his computers.
The FBI tracked Baker by connecting online postings to an IP address belonging to a sign shop in Vienna, according to the FBI affidavit.
FBI investigators interviewed Baker at the store, their affidavit said.
“When Baker was asked if he knew why the (FBI) agents were there, Baker stated, ‘I have child porn on my computers,’ and, ‘I have been waiting for someone to come,’” the affidavit said.
The affidavit said, “Baker stated, ‘I’m actually downloading a file right now. Do you want to see? Come on, I’ll show you.”
Baker's attorney declined to comment to News4 after the hearing. Baker faces between 15 and 30 years in prison when he's sentenced in October.