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November 22, 2013

Charlestown man, 18, arrested for sexual assaults

Two preteens claim abuse

CHARLESTOWN — An 18-year-old Charlestown man was arrested Thursday after admitting to sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls during unrelated incidents, police report.

Shelby Rey Blakley, Winthrop Avenue, has been preliminarily charged with two counts of class B felony child molesting, two counts of class C felony vicarious sexual gratification, two counts of class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of class D felony sexual battery.

He was released on his own recognizance Friday following an advisement of rights hearing, and is scheduled to return to court Monday, where he is expected to be officially charged.

The Charlestown Police Department began investigating the case Oct. 30, after a screaming and crying woman came running toward two officers parked outside of Bobby’s Sweet Shop on Halcyon Road during Trunk or Treat celebrations.

The woman claimed to the officers that Blakley, “keeps touching her 12-year-old daughter and will not leave her alone,” according to the probable-cause affidavit. She told police her daughter had told her that Blakley was 18 years old, and that she had warned him on several occasions to stay away from her daughter, but “ ... he keeps coming around her.”

The woman told police that Blakley lives near one of her daughter’s friends, and that during “fall break,” her daughter had stayed with the girlfriend. When the woman went to home to check on her daughter the following day, she found the child and Blakley lying together on a trampoline. She told Blakley at that time to stay away from her daughter because she was only 12 years old.

The woman told police she later confronted Blakley’s mother, Carol Spaulding, and stepfather, Lee Spaulding, and asked them to have their son stay away from her daughter.

“[The woman] stated that Lee and Carol Spaulding began to argue with her, calling her a liar and told her that their son can hang out with whoever he wants to,” according to the police report.

Before the woman approached police during Trunk or Treat, she said she found her daughter and Blakley holding hands while walking into a wooded area near Johnathan Jennings Elementary School. She said she confronted the two, and Blakley had run off into the woods behind Pleasant Ridge Elementary.

Police then spoke with the child, who said she had met Blakley over fall break at her friend’s home where the two watched television together. She said Blakley had asked her if she wanted to start dating, and she had told him she did. The child continued that Blakley then put his arms around her and gave her a “french kiss.”

Police then tried make contact with Blakley by going to his home, but he was not there. Officers did make contact with his parents. They said they didn’t know where Blakley was and asked why police wanted to speak with their son.

When police told the Spauldings it was in regards to an incident involving the girl, Lee Spaulding responded by yelling obscenities at the officers, according to the affidavit.

Police later tried to find Blakley at his home Nov. 5 and 9, with no success.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, an investigator questioned a stepsister of Blakley’s, who had contacted a Charlestown police officer days earlier. The woman reported she had seen Blakley kiss the girl in the middle of a street sometime before Halloween, while she and her husband were outside of their home smoking a cigarette.

The woman, Lee Spaulding’s daughter, told police that her father had told her “ ... that they needed to hide Blakley somewhere until they knew everything was fine.”

She said Lee Spaulding wanted to hide Blakley at her home, but she did not want to cooperate because he was wanted for questioning by police.

“The next morning she told her dad she needed her phone back, and he refused to give it back to her because he had given it to Blakley, and he was on the run. And, he wanted Blakley to be able to get a hold of him if anything should happen to him,” according to the affidavit.

The woman had her husband call Lee Spaulding to have the phone returned.

“ .. her dad then brought her phone to her house and threw it at her while she was standing in the doorway and told them he would kill them if they said anything,” according to the affidavit.

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