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Court date set for Floyd County pastor accused of asking minor for sex

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Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM EDT
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Update: 8/30/19

We now know when a Floyd County pastor accused of asking a minor for sex is back in court.

Bobby Blackburn is scheduled to appear in Floyd Circuit Court Sept. 26 for arraignment.

A grand jury indicted Blackburn earlier this week on two counts of trying to procure a minor through an electronic device to commit a sexual offense.

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A grand jury indicted a Floyd County pastor Wednesday.

Bobby Blackburn faces two counts of allegedly trying to procure a minor through an electronic device to commit a sexual offense.

One of the instances is believed to have happened between Jan. 2016 and Sept. 2017, the second supposedly happened on May 23, 2019.

Earlier this year police arrested Blackburn in connection with the 2019 case.

Blackburn is at the Floyd County Jail without bond. Right now we do not know when he will appear in court again.

His lawyer, Stephen Owens, says news coverage is making the case seem worse than it is. He says Blackburn is accused of trying to solicit 17-year-olds, but "media coverage is making it out to be like they are 9- or 10-year-olds."

Blackburn is the pastor of Elevate Church in Prestonsburg and a local business owner.