Sentencing for former O'Sullivan Industries official Gary Reed Blankenship, who pleaded guilty today in Newton County Circuit Court to two obscenity charges, will be held Oct. 19.
Judge Kevin Selby ordered a pre-sentence investigation, which is due by Oct. 12, according to court records.
Blankenship pleaded guilty to promoting obscene material to a minor and to possession of child pornography knowing of its content and nature, both Class D felonies.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. Officials with the Newton County Prosecuting Attorney's office indicate they will argue for the maximum sentence, which would be eight years with the two sentences to run concurrently.
Blankenship, 56, Neosho, is the latest success in Diamond Police officer Jim Murray's ongoing Internet sex stings. Murray entered a chat room pretending to be an underaged girl. Police say Blankenship propositioned the "teen," arranged for a meeting with her to have sex, then was arrested when he arrived on Jan. 27, 2005.
Blankenship was initially charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography, one count of enticing a child, and one count of promoting obscene material to a minor.