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Dickinson man claims innocence in sex crime

A Dickinson man accused of having sexual interaction with a 13-year-old girl pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing Monday at the Stark County Courthouse.

David Blinn, 24, is charged with one count of felony gross sexual imposition, which carries a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole.

Travis Leintz, an investigator with the Dickinson Police Department, said Blinn's case was handed over to him after Sgt. Mike Hanel with the DPD did the initial interviews with the 13-year-old victim's parents, who came to the law enforcement center.

"They said the minor girl was having behavioral issues," Leintz said. "The parents looked into it and saw text message conversations between (Blinn and the victim)."

Leintz said the victim, who was referred to in court as "the minor victim," was interviewed.

"She depicted the relationship they had through text messages and the sexual relationship they had in (Blinn's) garage in early July," Leintz said.

James Hope, Stark County assistant state's attorney, asked if other evidence was found.

Leintz said the victim's cellphone, computer and Facebook login and passwords were handed over to him.

"I pulled off photos and text messages between David and the minor girl," he said.

Leintz read from a photocopied Facebook conversation between Blinn and the victim.

Leintz said Facebook messages between Blinn and the victim run from June 5 through June 14. He said all of the text messages between the Blinn and the victim occurred on July 5.

After receiving the victim's cellphone and computer, Leintz said a search warrant was obtained for Blinn's electronic devices, including an iPhone, Playstation, cameras and a stuffed animal, in which Lentz said the victim indicated sexual relations took place on.

Blinn, who is held in the Southwest Multi-Correctional Facility on a $100,000 bond, is also under investigation regarding similar cases in Idaho.

Judge William Herauf found enough evidence was presented at the hearing to proceed.

Blinn's attorney, Kevin McCabe, declined to comment after the hearing.