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Del. Pony Ride Worker Accused of Inappropriately Touching Young Girl

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John R. Blackburn (Photo: Delaware State Police) John R. Blackburn (Photo: Delaware State Police)

CAMDEN-WYOMING, Del. - Delaware State Police have arrested a registered sex offender accused of inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl while working with a pony ride company in the Camden-Wyoming area.

Thirty-three-year-old John R. Blackburn, of Houston, was held as of Sunday night, at James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution on $106,000 cash bond.

Police said the incident happened on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Fifer Orchards. Police said a 9-year-old girl had been with her mother at the orchards on Allabands Mill Road and had taken part in the pony rides offered by "Angels Gather Here Pony Rides" on the orchard grounds. When the ride ended, police said the girl told her mother that the man who had assisted her in mounting and dismounting the pony, later identified as Blackburn, had inappropriately touched her. Police said the mother then contacted the owner of the pony ride company and a representative of Fifer Orchards and reported the incident. An investigation began on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Blackburn, who is a registered Tier 3 sex offender, was taken into custody on Friday, Nov. 4, without incident, according to police. He was then charged with unlawful sexual contact of a child by a registered sex offender and failure to re-register as a sex offender within three days of a change in employment. 

Police said they are continuing their investigation into this incident and more charges are expected. Blackburn's employment status at Angels Gather Here Pony Rides was unclear as of Monday morning.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident are asked to contact Detective William Miller at 302-698-8435. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."
 

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