New Milford man yells obscenities at kids, charged with felony
Updated 7:17 pm, Monday, July 11, 2016
Obscenity can’t get you put in jail … usually.
But police say one New Milford man put that to the test this spring after he repeatedly shouted obscene things at teenagers until he was arrested June 18 and charged with felony risk of injury to a child.
Arthur Harold Blackburn, 57, appeared in Bantam Superior Court last Friday for cat-calling teenagers as they got off their school buses in front of Blackburn’s condo on Prospect Hill Road, menacing one teenage boy, who lived nearby, with sexual requests, according to court documents.
Blackburn, a bald, heavy-set man who was already being evicted from his condo, would ask his young neighbor — in obscene terminology — if he’d like to engage in sexual acts, which frightened the boy to the point that he was afraid to walk around his own condo complex, according to police.
“I don’t really wanna take the bus because I’m afraid of him,” the boy told New Milford police. “When he looks at me, he gives me a dead-stare. I feel like he tries to grab me.”
On several occasions, documents said, Blackburn would stand outside his home and watch as children got off their school buses. When asked by police, Blackburn denied doing so — other than on two occasions when he thought teens would damage his car.
“The boys generally walk alone, by themselves, from the bus stop … girls generally have company,” he told police.
While Blackburn told police he didn’t harass his young neighbor — and that he didn’t cat-call children getting off the bus — Blackburn’s neighbor told police she’s seen him do both, documents said.
On May 9 Blackburn made an obscene comment to two boys, his neighbor said, adding that on May 10 “he was standing by his black Hyundai with a lollipop in his mouth and just watched them walk by.”
Blackburn was released on a $5,000 bond last Friday under the condition that he won’t have any contact with children under 16 years old.
His next court date is Aug. 5.