A Kentucky pastor and business owner faces child sexual exploitation charges, according to ABC news.
Bobby Blackburn is the pastor of Elevate Church of Prestonsburg and is the owner of a restaurant, Giovanni’s. The local police claim that Blackburn messaged an employee to engage in sexual activities, despite her status as a minor.
On May 24th, the police interviewed the minor. She provided images “in which Blackburn allegedly asked the minor to engage in a ‘threesome’ and some other obscene messages”.
The following day, the police reported that a third minor was involved. Blackburn intended to coerce her into changing the story by following her to the station. She initially claimed that she sent the messages from Blackburn’s phone, but upon further questioning, she retracted that statement. She “admitted that Blackburn told her to say it or she would lose her job”.
Blackburn’s phone was thrown into the river in Pike County, according to his family members.
If convicted for child sexual exploitation offenses, Blackburn could serve up to five years in prison. He was taken to the Floyd County Detention Center on May 29th and is scheduled to appear in court June 19th.