By Joe Johnson
A man who is in custody after being indicted last month on 31 counts relating to various child molestation charges in Jackson County is now suspected of victimizing even more children when he resided in Tennessee, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
On Oct. 20, Steven “Mike” Michael Blackmon, 56, of Commerce was indicted on the child sex charges, according to the GBI, who said in a Wednesday news release, “Recently, new information has come to light that Mike Blackmon may have victimized children while residing in Memphis, Tennessee in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
“While Blackmon was residing in Memphis, he went by “Mike” and utilized the last name of “Blaekman”. “Mike” owned a hockey shop named “Hockey Stop Memphis” that was located on the second floor of the Mall of Memphis, above the ice-skating rink. It was also learned that “Mike” coached the Cordova Wolves for some years. Investigators believe that “Mike” left the Memphis area in 2002 or 2003 after being questioned for possible inappropriate contact with children.
He is currently incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Jail for his charges in Georgia.
Among other things, Blackmon is accused of victmizing a boy who was under 11 years old. .
Blackmon is charged with fondling and sodomizing the boy and taking photos of the child while he was naked, blindfolded and tied to a bed, according to authorities.
The Commerce Police Department, GBI, and FBI are seeking any information from anyone that knew “Mike” while he lived in Memphis, Tenn. This case is still active and ongoingand anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the GBI's Child Exploitation Unit at (404) 270-8870.