Blackwell Receives Suspended Sentence

A California man arrested by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2016 on sexual abuse charges has been sentenced.

Fifty-seven year-old Joseph Edward Blackwell of Manteca, California was charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a class “B” felony… lascivious acts with a child, a class “C” felony… and two counts of indecent contact with a child, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Blackwell pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent contact with a child and received a two-year suspended sentence. He was placed on probation for two years, ordered to submit a DNA sample, and pay 55-thousand dollars in court costs and surcharges.