A U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer, from Soldotna, has been re-indicted in an ongoing case accusing him of sexually abusing a child. 32-year-old John Blackman, Jr. was first arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on March 6th of 2012; and formally charged on allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree, charges of tampering with evidence were later dropped.
As we reported last year, the charges are in connection with an investigation by the Soldotna Police Department into the alleged abuse of a four-year-old boy. Sergeant Rob Quelland explained how the department first learned of this alleged abuse last year…
Sgt. Quelland: “It came to the Soldotna Police Department to one of our patrols officers, Officer Dillon, he initially took on the investigation, once we found out the severity of the injuries, the age of the victim, we brought other officers in to assist in coordinating work into the investigation.”
Quelland said it was the mother of the young boy who came to the police department. Quelland said the wounds to the boy were severe, including bruises to his neck, back and genitals. Quelland said the mother and Blackman were in a relationship and living together. Quelland said this alleged abuse occurred over an extended amount of time in 2011 to 2012.
Sgt. Quelland: “It was over a period of time, from the fall, kind of the time period is after Thanksgiving and during the Christmas holidays.”
Blackman has plead not guilty in this case, an April 8th hearing date has been delayed.