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Updated Jul 19, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Gilbert man arrested for child pornography found in home

A Gilbert man is behind bars for having dozens of child pornography photos in his home.

Gilbert Police Sgt. Bill Balafas said Jeremy Baland, 31, was arrested earlier this week.

"We got a call from a resident of our town who stated she found some child pornography in her husband's belongings," he said.

Jeremy Baland wasn't home at the time his wife, Elisa Baland, discovered the binder.

"I freaked out," she said, adding that she called the police before her husband.

Elisa Baland was married to Jeremy Baland for about six months, but knew she had an obligation to call police immediately.

"There was never any question in my mind what I needed to do," she said.

Jeremy Baland admitted to the responding officer that he had a diaper fetish and a pornography addiction.

Jeremy Baland also told the officer that, when he was 15, an unidentified 55-year-old man told him where to find child pornography. He said the white binder in question had been in his possession since he was 15.

"[Jeremy Baland] told me about some specific photos that were in the binder, and told me he placed them in the binder because it reminded him when he was little," a report from Gilbert Police read.

Gilbert police is not releasing further details on the investigation at this time, but said they are also looking into possible child porn content on Jeremy Baland's computer.

According to Elisa Baland, her husband is looking at a very long jail sentence, possibly one that keeps him behind bars for life.

"His choices put him there," she said.

Jeremy Baland told police that he had child pornography on his home computer network, but had deleted most of them recently.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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