Afton man charged with child sexual abuse

An Afton man faces multiple felony charges following an investigation into inappropriate behavior involving children.

According to New York State Police, 32-year-old James Blackman is charged with raping and sexually abusing two children under the age of 11 on multiple occasions in Chenango County.

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

According to a state police news release, investigators in Sidney and Binghamton are investigating a report received by authorities on April 15 regarding alleged inappropriate behavior involving the man and Afton’s children.

Blackman was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault of a child, four counts of the Criminal Sex Act, two counts of sexual abuse and two misdemeanor counts of endangerment of a child’s well-being.

Blackman was sent to Chenango County Jail.

In its press release, the state police said, “If you are concerned that a child may be abused, … Please report any incident, regardless of your role – parent, family member, coach, teacher or leader religious… “

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