Fact Check: Jacob Blake Was NOT Facing Accusation That He 'Raped A 14 Year Old' When He Was Shot By Police

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  • by: Eric Ferkenhoff
Fact Check: Jacob Blake Was NOT Facing Accusation That He 'Raped A 14 Year Old' When He Was Shot By Police Other Charges

Did Jacob Blake, the man shot seven times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police, have a charge or conviction against him that he "raped a 14-year-old girl" when he was shot? No, that's not true. Blake was named in a third-degree sexual assault warrant filed July 6, 2020, and that warrant was open when he was shot. But the alleged victim of the assault is a woman who said she had known Blake for several years, according to police and news reports, and not a teenage girl.

The claim that Blake "raped a 14 year old" appears in a post (archived here) published on Facebook on Aug. 20, 2020. The post, referring to New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees wearing a "Jacob Blake" sticker on his helmet, read:

With that one sticker on your helmet you ruined your stellar career. Glorifying a man that raped a 14 year old and was shot while resisting arrest. Nice job family man!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Aug 31 14:31:56 2020 UTC)

The charges against Blake include criminal trespass to a dwelling, domestic abuse and disorderly conduct -- all misdemeanors -- and third-degree sexual assault ,a felony. The public case record found on the Wisconsin Circuit Court site does not include child sex abuse charges.

Here is a screenshot of the charges on the site:

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Blake does not appear in the state's sex offender registry, which provides public information on the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders.

There is no mention of a sexual assault on a minor child nor a warrant for such in the Wisconsin Department of Justice news release about the shooting. The Aug. 28, 2020 release, on the Department's website, reads, in part:

KENOSHA, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is continuing to investigate an officer involved shooting (OIS) in Kenosha, Wis. that occurred on the evening of Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.

During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S. Blake, age 29. After the initial attempt to arrest Mr. Blake, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr. Blake. When that attempt failed, Kenosha Police Officer Vincent Arenas also deployed his taser, however that taser was also not successful in stopping Mr. Blake.

Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver's side door, and leaned forward. While holding onto Mr. Blake's shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake's back. No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.

The shooting officer, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with Kenosha Police Department for seven years. Kenosha Police Officer Vincent Arenas has served with Kenosha Police Department since February 2019, with prior service with the United States Capitol Police Department. Also present was Kenosha Police Officer Brittany Meronek who joined Kenosha Police Department in January of this year.

During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver's side floorboard of Mr. Blake's vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.

Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Mr. Blake. Flight for Life transported Mr. Blake to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr. Blake remains at the hospital.

DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff's Office. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Lead Stories has called seeking comment from the Kenosha police spokesman, the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. This Lead Stories report will be updated, if appropriate, when they respond.

Blake, who is paralyzed from the waist down and needing multiple surgeries, was shot Aug. 23, 2020. There have been protests in Kenosha ever since video of the shooting went viral. Some of the protests have been violent, including the fatal shooting, allegedly by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, of two protestors and the wounding of a third.

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  Eric Ferkenhoff

Eric Ferkenhoff has been a reporter, editor and professor for 27 years, working chiefly out of the Midwest and now the South. Focusing on the criminal and juvenile justice systems, education and politics, Ferkenhoff has won several journalistic and academic awards and helped start a fact-checking project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continues to teach advanced reporting. Ferkenhoff also writes and edits for the juvenile justice site JJIE.org.


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