August 28, 2014

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Man, 24, charged with raping 17-year-old girl

Tim Blakenship

Tim Blakenship

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A girl who befriended a restaurant employee told police the man sexually assaulted her after she drove him home from work one night.

Timothy Blankenship, 24, was charged with rape Tuesday morning at his house in Berea after a 17-year-old North Olmsted girl told police he sexually assaulted her in March.

According to North Ridgeville Police Lt. Greg Petek, Blankenship was working at a restaurant in North Ridgeville when he met the 17-year-old girl, who frequented the restaurant with her family. The two met later through a Facebook group and struck up a conversation, quickly becoming friends.

Petek said Blankenship didn’t have a car so the teenage girl would often give him rides from his job to his home, which at that time was in the 34900 block of Cambridge Drive in North Ridgeville.

It was on one of these nights that the girl said Blankenship sexually assaulted her at his home, according to North Ridgeville police.

The girl reported the assault in April and police began investigating the incident. Blankenship, who moved to Berea while the investigation was ongoing, was found Tuesday by Berea police and marshals from the U.S. Fugitive Task Force.

He was taken to the Lorain County Jail, where he was being held on a $250,000 bond on Thursday. His next court appearance is at 2 p.m. on June 25 at Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • luvmytoaster

    Is that a picture of him or her……

  • GreatRedeemer

    Rot in jail

    • Kim Blankenship

      The article failed to mention that she put in an application at the place where he works 2 weeks ago. I know I wouldn’t want to work with my rapist would you? The article only has one side of the story, hers. I was home the day in question. The funny thing is,, I had to throw her out. Why didn’t she say something then? She’s a stalker and we will prove his innocence.

  • DonMega

    Boy is he gonna have trouble when he gets to the bighouse.

  • Kevin Jenkins

    judge not lest ye be judged.

  • Kelli Blankenship

    This is incorrect! And obviously chronicle doesn’t want anyone to know that they prematurely blasted my brother before his court date! His is not guilty!!!! The charges have been dropped…girls story is faulty and changes every time! She is just mad he chose to not be with her!!

    • oldruss

      If, in fact, the charges have been dropped, will the Chronicle put that story on the front page tomorrow?

      • Mike Rush

        no they won’t, in fact they may even pull it from their archives.. I know somebody that’s suing the chronicle for this type of reporting, I hope they go oob and lorain county gets a real newspaper in it’s place…

    • Phil Blank

      Really?

      Every new story from Cleveland to Toledo and down to Kentucky is running the story.

  • Kim Blankenship

    The article failed to mention that she put in an application 2 weeks ago at the place her so called rapist works. I know I wouldn’t want to work with my rapist. I have a copy of the applications so my facts are real. This girl is a stalker and we WILL prove it with the facts.

  • Kim Blankenship

    Oh and to the author of the article,, thanks for putting my family in danger since you gave my address. I know have to be put on a watch list. How ignorant not to care about the affects of what you write when you didn’t get all the facts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TY

  • Bob Ross

    Lol he’s gonna butt blasted in prison.

  • Cletus

    As Jenny once told Forrest…When you see Bubba, just run.

    • Bruce Tennant

      Bubba…..wasn’t he the guy in the other story ?

  • BigMeech999

    This is great. This isn’t his first run in with the law. He already has a record involving minors and drugs. I hope he gets what’s been coming to him. He is totally worthless to society trust me. Hopefully no one can afford his bond they set, either. Stay there and fix your issues you sick twisted man.

  • BigMeech999

    24 year old has to start dealing with his own issues, mommy and daddy can’t save him from himself anymore. He’s way past the phase of adult/child transition. He *should* know right from wrong, but CLEARLY does not.

  • Chan

    If the charges have in fact been dropped I would hope that story would be printed and if in fact the girl lied, can the accused say publicly who his accuser was? I only ask because if she lied she has some issues and other men needs to be made aware to stay away from her.