Wannabe child porn-producing babysitters wanted to birth a family for sex: cops

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(MIDWOOD, BROOKLYN) – Deeper, disturbing details are emerging about a Brooklyn couple who investigators say were planning to run a babysitting service in which they would drug and sexually abuse the children in their care, and record the abuse on video.  Among the more surprising additional information from the criminal complaint against the couple, they had planned to raise children whom they would sexually abuse.  Also, the boyfriend in the couple had himself been in porn videos when he was a child.

Looking at his photograph on his LinkedIn page, Bebars Baslan, 35, looks like any other striving professional.  He and his girlfriend, Kristen Henry, 25, appeared to be a normal, fun-loving couple. Consistent with that impression were reactions by neighbors to inquiries by PIX11 about Baslan and Henry.

“[Investigators] keep coming here, asking about them,” said a woman who lives upstairs from the couple in a multi-family home on Ocean Parkway in Midwood Brooklyn.  “I don’t know anything about them.  Sorry,” she told PIX11 News.

FBI agents, however, said in their formal complaint against the couple that they had learned plenty about evil plans the pair had for innocent children.  In fact, when federal agents arrested Baslan and Henry at a Jersey City hotel Tuesday, the two thought they were encountering an eight year-old, a one year-old and a two month-old being provided by a man they knew.  They had intended to drug and sexually abuse the children and record the sexual violations on video.

As it turned out, however, the man who was supposed to provide the child sex victims for the couple was actually an FBI informant who’d had a history with the pair, and wanted to turn them in.

According to the criminal complaint against Baslan and Henry, Baslan told the informant in a recorded phone call, “I think it will be hot watching [Kristen Henry perform a sex act on a child].  That’s it.  Does that bother you?”  Baslan asked the informant.

In another conversation, Baslan told the informant that his girlfriend was “dying for me to have a baby with her, for us to whatever.”

The informant asked, “The two of you together to have your own kid and then you raise it in a sexual, like, upbringing kind of thing?”  “Right,” Baslan replied.

Couple accused of plotting to drug and molest small children

Looking at his photograph on his LinkedIn page, Bebars Baslan, 35, looks like any other striving professional. He and his girlfriend, Kristen Henry, 25, appeared to be a normal, fun-loving couple.

The couple had also told the informant that they intended to set up a babysitting service in which they would use over-the-counter drugs on children in their care to relax and possibly disable the children.  Then, they had planned, they would sexually abuse and record the abuse of the children on video.

As part of that criminal planning, according to the complaint, Kristen Henry told the informant, “I did work in schools… I worked with kids.”

“So you have references?” the informant asked, “So it’ll look good.”

“Oh yeah, I have excellent references,” Henry told him.

On another occasion, Baslan showed the informant some of the numerous child porn videos he’d claimed he’d owned.  The informant was equipped with a hidden camera, through which he captured images of the child porn, which agents are now using as evidence against the couple.  “The videos appeared to depict prepubescent girls being… penetrated by… adult men,” the complaint against Baslan and Henry said.

It also pointed out that Baslan boasted to the informant that he could access his trove of child porn remotely from a variety of electronic devices.

Baslan also gave a striking reason as to why he was convinced that child porn victims did not mind being exploited.  He revealed to the informant that he had been in child videos himself when he was a juvenile.

“A lot of kids do [it],” Baslan said.  “I mean I was in, when I was their age, I was willing,” the complaint alleges he’d said.

When agents arrested the self-desribed information technology professional on Tuesday at the hotel where he and Henry had allegedly planned to record child porn with young victims, Baslan had a video camera in his possession, as well as a computer, both of which have now been seized as evidence.

He and Henry are being held at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  The judge in their case would not grant bail for the two after they pled not guilty in their initial appearance Wednesday evening.  A grand jury is expected to rule within the next 30 days whether or not the couple should be indicted.

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