By GARY POPP
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.
SECOND VICTIM DISCOVERED
Police then asked the stepsister about an incident involving a 12-year-old girl who lives in the Spaulding family home.
She said she suspected Blakley may have abused the child because “the way they play together is not normal,” according to the affidavit. The stepsister told police when Blakley and the girl play wrestle “ ... he would just lay on top of her like they were having sex ... ”
The stepsister told police the child denied Blakley had touched her.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the child was taken for a sexual assault examination at Kosair Children’s Hospital. While in route, the child made the first reference to authorities about Blakley sexually assaulting her by putting his hands in her pants.
INTERVIEW LEADS TO ARREST
Later Wednesday, about 10:30 p.m., Blakley was interviewed about his involvement with the two children by an investigator at the Charlestown Police Department.
Initially, he said he had kissed the first girl at her friend’s home, as the child had told police, but only because he didn’t want other kids were making fun of her for being single.
Blakley then said the child had taken his hands and placed them on her private areas.
He then told police he had not touched the second child with whom he shares a home.
The officer noted in the affidavit that he took a break from the interview, and when he returned to the room where the interview was taking place, he found Blakley with his head down.
The investigator then, again, asked him about the contact with the child with whom he lives, and he gave an account of abuse that took place in October.
“Blakley advised that while his parents were at the store, he and [the child] were wrestling and that he told [the child] to take her pants off and she did not, so he put his hand down her pants and started touching her.”
He told investigator the incident ended when the child told him to stop, began crying and went to her room.
Blakley told police he lied about the abuse because “he didn’t want anyone mad at him,” according to the affidavit.
He also admitted that he told the child not to tell the investigator about the incident, or he would get in trouble.
On Thursday, the first child was interviewed and said that Blakley had touched her private areas, even though she had told him to stop.
Blakley was booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. He appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 Friday and was released on his own recognizance.
It is unclear at this time why he was released without bond.
The mother of the first child was reached by phone Friday and said she was livid to learn Blakley had been released from jail after less than a day.
“What if he does it to someone else? If he did it to two little girls and he only did a couple of hours in jail, he know they [prosecutors] are not taking it seriously,” she said. “It is ridiculous.”
She said Blakley lives only two streets away from her and her two daughters, and she feels threatened to have him in such proximity.
“My motherly instinct has kicked in, and I will not let my daughters leave the house, now,” she said. “He [Blakley] lives just around the corner.”
The News and Tribune did not identify the woman to protect her daughter’s identity.