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Los Osos man arrested on suspicion of child molestation

Jeremiah Blackwell
Jeremiah Blackwell

A Los Osos man has been arrested on suspicion of molestation of a child under the age of 14, and investigators believe there may be more victims.

Jeremiah Linzie Blackwell, 42, was taken into custody Tuesday and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, with bail set at $100,000, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla. Blackwell was no longer in jail Wednesday.

Blackwell is a sixth-grade teacher in the one-school San Antonio Union Elementary School District in Lockwood, serving a rural area of southern Monterey County. The alleged crime did not involve a student and did not occur on the school campus, Cipolla said. Investigators believe the alleged molestation occurred sometime between January and March at the victim’s home in Los Osos, he said.

“Detectives believe that, based on their investigations, that there may be other victims, and we are asking for the public’s help” in identifying those possible victims, Cipolla said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4500.

Blackwell was arrested Tuesday on the San Antonio Elementary School campus, Cipolla said. San Antonio district Superintendent Pam Hernandez said Blackwell was placed on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday. She said she first learned of the investigation being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office when deputies arrived and took Blackwell into custody.

She said Blackwell has been teaching at San Antonio Elementary since fall 2014. She reiterated the Sheriff’s Office statement that the investigation did not show any students were involved.

“The alleged crime is not connected to our school,” Hernandez said.

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