Evesham man sentenced for pressuring 15-year-old for explicit photos | #predators | #childpredators | #kids


George Woolston
 
| Burlington County Times
TRENTON — An Evesham man, on parole for sexually assaulting a minor, has received a nine-year prison term for manipulating an underage girl to send him explicit photos, authorities say.

Craig Blickman, 30, used chat apps to engage in sexually explicit conversations with a 15-year-old girl in Wisconsin, said the state Attorney General’s Office.

“During these conversations, Blickman repeatedly pressured the girl into sending him sexually explicit images of herself,” the agency said in a statement.

Blickman was initially arrested for a parole violation in November 2018 after his parole officer, during a routine visit to the Evesham man’s discovered he had been communicating with an underage girl.

Blickman’s cell phone was seized, and investigators determined that he had been pressuring the underage girl for the photos over a period of time in 2017.

“This case serves as a stark reminder of the dangers children face from online predators, who use social media, chat apps, and gaming platforms to find victims they can sexually exploit,” said Director Veronica Allende of the state’s Division of Criminal Justice.  

Allende urged parents to talk about the dangers of online predators with their children. 

Blickman admitted guilt in February to manufacturing child sexual abuse material. In July, he pleaded guilty to an additional charge of impairing/debauching the morals of a child.

Blickman pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexual assault of a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. He was sentenced to five years in prison in January 2013, then was paroled in December 2015. 

Blickman received the nine-year term Friday from Superior Court Judge Terrance R. Cook in Mount Holly.

Blickman will not be eligible for parole for seven years of his nine-year sentence. He is required to register under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.

Anyone with information about the distribution of child sexual abuse materials on the internet — or about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children — is urged to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.

George Woolston is a South Jersey native who covers several topics for the Burlington County Times. He joined the staff in 2019. Contact him at gwoolston@thebct.com and follow on Twitter @gcwoolston. Help support local journalism with a subscription to the Burlington County Times.





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