18-year-old pleads not guilty to molestation charges


by WHAS11


Posted on November 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 7:20 AM

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- An 18-year-old Charlestown man is facing charges of molesting two girls and one of the victims is a relative of his.

Shelby Blakley, 18, walked into a Clark County courtroom with his jacket hiding his face.

Inside he entered a not guilty plea on two charges he allegedly molested two girls, one his 10-year-old relative and another 12-year-old girl. Rodrigo Martinez went to Charlestown High School with Blakley and was shocked by the news.

"That surprised me. I didn't think he would do anything like that." Martinez said.

Court documents detail the allegations that Blakley allegedly kissed and fondled both girls beginning in October. A parent of one of the victims stepped forward to police with concerns leading to Blakley's arrest. He's been out on bond pending that he checks in every day.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull had requested that Blakley be held on a $25,000 bond but that was denied. He says his release requirements are reasonable.

Based on what we know here with these particular victims, I don't think he’s going to be victimizing anyone else right now," Mull said.

Blakley's attorney told the court he has a mental disability that would make it difficult for him to be with the general population.
"This is only the first stage of the proceeding and I think the second chapter is gonna look very different than this looks," Mull says.

Blakley is ordered to go to counseling and check in with the court every day. He's due back in court in January.