The Commonwealth’s Attorney provides an update on John Blanchard’s criminal case

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) – The Chesterfield District Attorney is set to release a statement in the case of a Virginia pastor arrested in a sex sting.

John Blanchard was the lead pastor at the Rock Church in Virginia Beach.

Then, inside October 2021, he was one of 17 people arrested in a Chesterfield child sex crime sting.. She was charged with the felony charge of prostitution, however his charges were dropped a year later.

Now, Blanchard wants to clear his record, which Chesterfield Police Chief Col. Jeffrey Katz said to be very objectionable. However, Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Davenport expressed her support.

WVEC report Davenport said the decision not to press charges was based solely on the law, the facts of the case, and the attorneys’ professional experience and legal responsibilities. .

Davenport also said that his office’s job is to evaluate a case to see if it can be prosecuted successfully.

However, said Col. Katz, the decision not to move the case forward was not due to a lack of evidence or a flawed investigation.

At this time, there is no word on whether Blanchard’s request to declassify those records will be granted.

Davenport is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.

(tagsTranslator)Stacey Davenport

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