Alleged internet pervert Gary Reed Blankenship will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, according to Newton County Circuit Court records.
Blankenship, 56, Neosho, a former O'Sullivan Industries official, was arrested in January 2005 on charges of possession of child pornography, promoting obscenity, and enticement of a child. Blankenship was arrested after another of Diamond police officer Jim Murray's Internet stings. Blankenship allegedly thought he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl and not a middle-aged man. He arranged to meet her for sex and was arrested when he showed up in Diamond for the meeting, according to the police.