Moral apex: Arrested in 2001 when caught with book of obscene photos he had taken of underage girls. In 2003, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.
Gory details: Took naughty photos of himself with a 16-year-old Baltimore girl.
Lucky break: Additional evidence showed Delgaudio took dirty photos of â€œat least one other, younger teenager,â€ but evidence inadmissible because police violated search-and-seizure rules.
BALTIMORE -- A political conservative and fund-raiser who collected for prominent leaders like Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms was given probation before judgment and was put on two years probation Wednesday.
Richard Delgaudio Richard A. Delgaudio, (pictured, right), of Burke, Va., who is a nationally-known Republican party fund-raiser, faced a Baltimore judge Wednesday afternoon on child porn charges.
Delgaudio -- who pleaded guilty in February -- faced charges for producing child pornography after paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos in a Baltimore hotel.
Prosecutors explained why Delgaudio received probation.
Delgaudio Receives 2-Years Probation "Some could say he got off easy but Delgaudio got probation before a judgment because ... he owned up to what he did wrong," prosecutor Adam Rosenberg said.
According to charging documents, the alleged crimes occurred at the Deluxe Plaza Motel located on Pulaski Highway, 11 NEWS reported. The documents also state that Delgaudio allegedly brought into the room assorted photography equipment, women's clothing, lingerie and school girl's clothing.
Delgaudio has served as president of the Virginia-based Legal Affairs Council, which raised money for Oliver North's legal defense bills during his Iran-Contra trial.
Delgaudio's resume includes fund-raising for legal defense money for North and Casper Weinberger, raising campaign funds for Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms and obtaining money for the defense of a? police officer accused in the Rodney King beating. He also was a co-author of the book "China Doll: Clinton-Gore and the Selling of a Presidency."
Prosecutors said the probation before judgment will likely affect his career.
"It effectively dismantles whatever business he was in," Rosenberg said.
In 1996, the Legal Affairs Council also held a fund-raising dinner for Laurence Powell, the ex-policeman from Los Angeles who was convicted of civil rights violations against Rodney King.
Delgaudio might have faced more charges, but the three pornography photo albums that were in his car when he was pulled over were thrown out as evidence because the search of the car was ruled illegal, 11 NEWS reported.