Bobby “BJ” Blackburn

The Prestonsburg Police Department issued a statement this weekend, reporting that officials are searching for a pastor who is accused of allegedly exploiting a child.

According to a statement, the department obtained an arrest warrant on May 24 for Bobby J. “BJ” Blackburn, 26, of Prestonsburg, on one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor to commit a sex act.

“Attempts to execute the warrant and find the location of Mr. Blackburn have been unsuccessful as of Saturday morning,” the statement said. “The Prestonsburg Police are reaching out to the public for any assistance and in addition are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Blackburn to call, (606) 886-1010, you may remain anonymous as only the information as to his location is needed.”

Department Spokesperson Lt. George Tussey said Blackburn had not been located as of noon on Tuesday. A call to the investigating officer was not return prior to print deadline Tuesday afternoon. 

Blackburn is pastor at Elevate Church in Prestonsburg. Services there were canceled for Sunday after the Prestonsburg Police issued the statement.

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