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Maryland Trump Delegate Dropped, Criminal Charges Pending

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BALTMORE (AP) - A Maryland Republican Party official says one of the state's Donald Trump delegates probably won't go to the national convention following his federal indictment on child pornography, explosives and firearm charges.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein in Baltimore announced the indictment of 30-year-old Caleb Bailey on Thursday.

Bailey didn't return a telephone call. Defense attorney William Brennan says Bailey has pleaded not guilty.

State Republican Party Executive Director Joe Cluster predicts Bailey will resign as one of the 38 Maryland delegates elected last month, and be replaced with an alternate. Otherwise, Cluster says, the state party's Central Committee will likely vote to remove him.

The indictment says Bailey produced and possessed child pornography, transported explosives without a license, and illegally possessed a machine gun.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.