A Brooklyn man and his girlfriend were arrested Tuesday night in Jersey City, N.J. by the FBI and NYPD and arraigned Wednesday on charges that they crossed state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual acts with minors.
Prosecutors say Bebars Baslan, 35, seen above, was arrested at a Jersey City hotel around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, along with his 25-year-old girlfriend, Kristen Henry.
According to the criminal complaint, an FBI agent learned from a confidential source informant last month that the couple was in possession of child pornography and planned to open a babysitting business as a cover to gain access to children.
Authorities say Baslan wanted the informant to bring an 8-year-old girl, a 1 1/2 year old and a 3-month-old boy to the Jersey City hotel room to sexually abuse and photograph.
The informant provided secretly taped telephone and video recordings in which Baslan allegedly says he wanted to drug children with Benadryl and the over-the-counter sedative Dramamine, and then gave graphic details on how he and his girlfriend would sexually abuse them.
The criminal complaint suggests the defendants were at the hotel last night so that Baslan could take pictures of his girlfriend sexually abusing a 16-month-old boy.
According to authorities, Baslan told the informant that he wanted the photos framed to look like Henry was the photographer, to possibly use them in the future as blackmail against Henry.
"I want to make it seem as if she took it by herself and we're not there," Baslan allegedly told the informant.
Baslan also said, according to the complaint, that he and his girlfriend had never abused any actual children before, telling the informant, "I'm not looking for an actual thing to happen. I'm just looking for the pose of it."
Investigators say Baslan wanted to get a picture with Henry performing a sex act on a toddler to secure her continued participation saying to the informant about her.
"I just want it more for safety because I have something else planned for us," Baslan allegedly said.
But prosecutors allege that the plan was already in motion, and Henry was on board.
She allegedly told the informant her fantasies were "subconscious...scenarios...he (Baslan) was the first human I admitted it to...but both of us were like, 'Yeah, you know, I kind of like this'...it turned into this."
Baslan and Henry were expecting to see the three young children in the hotel room, according to prosecutors, and authorities say Baslan had brought a a backpack containing a digital camera and a laptop computer, but no children were there.
Asked about the charges Wednesday, Baslan's attorney, Richard Lind, said, "I have no comment. He is presumed innocent of the charges and we'll wait until our day in court."
Lind said he asked the judge to put his client in protective custody.
The attorney for Henry declined comment.
Prosecutors have 30 days to present their case to a grand jury to determine whether Baslan and Henry should be indicted.
The U.S. Attorney's office says if the couple is indicted and convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of children they could probably face 30 years to life in prison.
The judge ordered both defendants held without bail.
The FBI informant may also face criminal prosecution, according to authorities, and cooperated to reduce a possible future sentence.