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Sex offender charged with new offense in Strasburg

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

A Strasburg man and former Mary Baldwin College professor is facing one count of possession of child pornography after an arrest that came within three weeks of the expiration of his probation for a similar offense in 2009.

Strasburg police Lt. Jerome Robinson said the arrest of Chadwick Carter Blackwell, 44, came around 10 p.m. July 22, hours after police obtained a search warrant for Blackwell's house at 255 W. Queen St.

Blackwell was three weeks away from completing a a three-year probation sentenced imposed in Staunton Circuit Court in 2009 after Blackwell's conviction on four counts of possessing child pornography. His address was listed as Woodstock at the time.

Blackwell was convicted under an Alford plea in which the defendant does not admit guilt, but concedes the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him. He had initially been charged with 34 counts.

Blackwell was working as a psychology professor at Mary Baldwin College at the time he was charged.

Blackwell has remained in jail since his latest arrest.

The search warrant affidavit signed by Strasburg police Sgt. Darren Miller states that Blackwell's probation officer told him that Blackwell's probation is due to expire Saturday.

Miller's affidavit states the investigation was triggered by an anonymous phone call from someone who said her boyfriend was hired to install a privacy fence around the Blackwell home. The informant said her boyfriend arrived at the home around 9 a.m. on July 20 "and walked in on an argument between Blackwell and his wife 'Carrie.'"

The workman said he left the house, and Blackwell also went outside, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states the worker returned to speak to Blackwell's wife, whereupon she opened a laptop computer and showed him several photos "that he described as disgusting."

The informant alleges that her boyfriend saw "several pictures on the computer that were of pre-teen girls in sexually explicit poses and having sexual intercourse with older men," according to the affidavit.

The affidavit goes to to state that Blackwell's wife also showed the informant's boyfriend a Google search from the computer that she said was listed as "pre-teen rape."

The informant's boyfriend "had to stop looking at the photographs because he was getting sick and on the verge of vomiting," the affidavit states.

The informant also told Miller that she found Blackwell on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry after her boyfriend told her of what he had seen at the residence.

The search warrant lists 22 items recovered from Blackwell's home, much of it electronic equipment such as gaming systems, a hard drive, cell phone, camera and camcorder. The items also include paperback books with sexually-related titles.

Robinson said Blackwell was not home when the search warrant was executed. He was arrested at a convenience store in Strasburg about 10 p.m. with "no resistance whatsoever," Robinson said.

Robinson said the investigation is continuing and asked that anyone with information to contact Sgt. Miller at 465 5230.


Alright, you have witnesses, evidence, past history(which will be admissable in court) and broken probation. This should be enough to put him away along time. He is a threat to the children, make him go away. If the laws won't support a long sentence, pass more stringent ones. The public is tired of these sickos getting light sentences and would support tougher laws.

Some people just cannot be reabilitated to live in society. Thanks for getting him before he hurt someone else. Now, we can only pray a judge will not let him back out. When given a second chance and you dont take it,then it means sooner or later they will do the same thing again or maybe worse. Please Judges, stop letting these criminals back out on the streets! The wife should also be put in jail. She is just as sick since she knew about this and did nothing until now.

I don't disagree with you about keeping these people off the street and away from innocent children, it needs to be done, but too many taxpayers complain about the money required to do so . . . . and the judges give the offenders probation.

Imagine that....a sexual offender was set free, and repeated his crimes.
These disgusting people need to be kept in jail. I find it repulsive that someone who has a minor drug charge (such as possession of marijuana) will get 10 years in jail, but someone who is a sexual offender will get probation.
Hopefully, this POS will get prison time.

Hey Smokie McWeed. Drug dealers in this area get light sentences and probation all the time for the same reason that Skidplate mentions above. Let's not take our focus off of the problem of sex offenders by bringing your mary jane into this.

This is why I believe a list of registered sex offenders, including where they reside, should be published in the newspaper at least once a year. People in our community have right to know who their neighbors are.

These sickies seem to be found under every rock these days. Were they always there or are we just now becoming aware?

I really don't believe these creeps can change and allowing them back into society is a mistake.

These people need to be put to work (while in prison) to do all the dirty jobs no one else wants to touch. They should be too exhausted to have any energy left for a thought!

The Virginia State Police has a website of sex offenders that is accesible by the public. There are also alot of independent web sites that publish that information. They will even tell you charges and give you a picture. Just be careful with the pitchforks and torches when you try and run them out of town.

I went to the sex offenders website for Strasburg and surrounding communities today and this individual was not listed. What gives with this?

You can't find his name for Strasburg area because they have changed his address to the jail in Staunton. They keep that thing up-to-date

Many years ago when my sons were just kids, I lived by the park and I received a call from DSS stating that a child molester had moved onto our street. She was calling all my neighbors to make them aware of this. When I asked all the who and where questions I was promptly told that they could not give me that info and that this molester had been charged at an apt building where he and his mother lived across town and when they went to court, his atty plea bargained that he not be convicted, but that he and his family had to move from that apt. building and if I am not mistaken he was to receive counseling. His family decided it was a good idea to move on a street that is access to the park where hundreds of kids walked to visit the park or pool!! Unbelievable!!

I told the lady that called me that I would post signs up in the neighborhood as a warning to others and I was promptly told that I could be arrested for that since he had been charged but not convicted and I would be violating his rights while trying to protect my sons and other kids in and around the neighborhood!

Fortunately as word got around, he and his mother vacated our street after a month or two for whatever reason. The laws are definitely bent on protecting these molesters. I guess unless a judge, police officer or lawyer's child is molested no one will be too quick to try and change these laws.

We have no say whether we want tax money to be used to keep sex offenders off the street. Our money is going to the new jail to make existing criminals more comfortable.

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