LEXINGTON — A former Norton, Kan., police officer, Brock Blackstone, 51, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Jan. 15, 2019 in Dawson County Court by Judge Jeffrey Wightman.
Blackstone was arrested on Aug. 10, 2018 after the parents of a minor contacted the Lexington Police Department about a possible child abduction at the Lexington Wal-Mart, according to court documents. Blackstone had made contact with the minor in the store and was located by the Lexington police officers who took him into custody. The minor refused to return with their parents and they were brought to the police department along with the parents.
Blackstone agreed to speak with police officers and said he had admitted to meeting the minor prior in Norton, Kan., two years ago. Blackstone said his relationship with the minor had lost him his job with the Norton Police Department.
Blackstone had been hired by the Norton Police Department in July 2016 and officially started on Aug. 1, 2016 according to Norton city council minutes dated Aug. 17, 2017.
Norton Police Chief Gerald Cullumber said during a phone interview Tuesday Blackstone had resigned from the department on Oct. 11, 2017. When asked why Blackstone had resigned, Cullumber did not comment. He did say, "I will not tolerate anyone who will sully the integrity and honor of this department."
Blackstone agreed to unlock his phone for Lexington Police officers during questioning. Messages revealed a "serious" relationship, according to court documents. Blackstone said he did not like the minor’s parents and stayed in contact with the minor via Instagram. He also admitted to having sexual conversations with the minor. He also said he had sexual contact with the minor while in Norton, Kan.
Officers spoke with the minor who said Blackstone had grabbed her and kissed her, which was against her wishes but "he did it anyway," according to court documents.
Blackstone was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, third degree sexual assault and debauching a minor. He bonded out of jail for $2,000 on Aug. 23, 2018 and pleaded not guilty to all three charges the same day.
On Nov. 29, 2018 the charges of third degree sexual assault and debauching a minor were dismissed by prosecutor Kurt McBride. A full investigation into the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was ordered by Judge Wightman, according to court documents.
On Jan. 15, 2018 Blackstone was sentenced to 180 days in jail on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was given credit for four days served in jail. He was booked into the Dawson County Jail on Jan. 15.