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Alaska Coast Guardsman found guilty of stalking, perjury

  • Author: Jerzy Shedlock
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published July 28, 2015

A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer acquitted of state child sex abuse charges in 2013 has been convicted of perjury and stalking after a court martial in Kodiak.

Petty Officer 2nd Class John Blackman, previously of Soldotna, was found guilty of violating two articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

A military court imposed six months of confinement in a complex at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, said Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow.

Blackman lied during a child custody hearing, leading to the perjury charge, Wadlow said. As for the circumstances surrounding the stalking charge, the spokesperson said he didn't have additional information.

It's unclear whether the case is tied to the child sex abuse case in which Blackman was accused of beating and sexually abusing a 4-year-old boy. The Coast Guard has declined to say whether there is a connection.

Blackman originally faced seven charges, some of which included multiple specifications, the military's version of criminal counts.

The charges say he asked someone to follow a woman without her consent and he lied to Coast Guard investigators about police officers quitting over the state case against him.

As part of his military conviction, Blackman's pay grade was reduced and he was "issued a reprimand," a letter in his personnel file that says he failed to follow the rules, Wadlow said.

Whether Blackman will be discharged when he finishes his sentence hasn't been determined, Wadlow said.

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