Man accused of sexual abuse
HASKINS — Thomas Lee Blakley, 78, of Haskins was released on $25,000 cash-only bail this morning after being charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony that can bring up to 25 years in prison.
According to court records, the charge was based on Blakley allegedly performing a sex act against the will of another under the age of 12 years old. Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigator Chad Ellis wrote in the narrative that during an interview with the child, she said that she had been riding her bike in Haskins looking for her cat sometime during October 2012. She said a man with gray hair approached her. She said that she had gone to his residence at 375 Milwaukee Ave. and that she had gone into his bedroom. She said that Blakley had performed a sex act on her in the bedroom.
The girl said that she had left the residence. She didn’t tell anyone until Dec. 10, 2012. During the interview, the girl made drawings of the bedroom.
Ellis wrote that he had interviewed Blakley on Jan. 21. During the interview, the narrative said, Blakley had admitted the child came into his residence, but that she had not been in his bedroom. Ellis wrote that the picture the girl had drawn of the bedroom matched the actual bedroom down to a red bed cover. The report said at that time Blakley was placed under arrest.
Blakley’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. An order of protection has also been issued between Blakley and the girl.