Basketball coach arrested on child sex solicitation charges

Norman Lee Blowe Jr.

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested the owner and assistant coach of the Virginia Storm semi-professional basketball team on multiple child sex charges.

Norman Lee Blowe Jr., 47, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl between May and October. According to the criminal complaint in this case, Blowe would meet with the girl at Holiday Inn Express hotels near Winchester; one in the Sunnyside area and one on Front Royal Pike. They would also allegedly meet at the Farmer’s Livestock Exchange at 1995 Northwestern Turnpike in Winchester where they would engage in sex acts in Blowe’s Nissan, the complaint states.

“The purpose of these meetings were to have sex, drink alcohol and strip her clothes off for him,” the criminal complaint alleges.

Blowe would allegedly pay the girl for their sexual encounters anywhere from $100 to $200, the complaint states.

The girl allegedly told investigators that Blowe would record video of some of their encounters on his cell phone, and, according to the complaint, a search of Blowe’s cell phone revealed photos of him and the victim in bed together as well as video of the victim performing oral sex “on a man.”

The Virginia Storm, formerly the Winchester Storm, moved from the area in 2016 to Loudoun County and joined the semi-professional American Basketball Association. Blowe has been the president and owner of the team since 2010.

Blowe was charged with producing child pornography, soliciting prostitution from a minor older than 16 and taking indecent liberties with a child. He is being held without bond at Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. A preliminary hearing in this case has been set for Feb. 5 in Frederick County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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