Officer accused of sex assaults with teen, woman, chief says

Marcus Jackson (Source: WBTV)
Marcus Jackson (Source: WBTV)

By Tom Roussey - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer was fired and sent to jail Wednesday, accused of sexually assaulting women in his squad car on two occasions.

Chief Rodney Monroe says 25-year-old Marcus Jackson is facing nine charges, with more expected to come.

According to Monroe, both accusations involve Jackson pulling women over for a traffic stop, getting them in his squad car, then driving them somewhere else and sexually assaulting them.

A 17-year-old girl came forward with an accusation Jackson sexually assaulted her on December 18th.

Police say while they were investigating that accusation, a 21-year-old woman came forward and accused Jackson of doing the same thing to her Monday.

Jackson was questioned and arrested Wednesday.

"I would like to take a moment to stress just how devastating this incident is for our department," Monroe read from a prepared statement Wednesday night at a press conference at CMPD's uptown headquarters.

"To have one of our own involved in such a disgraceful activity is not only a violation of the public's trust, and the misuse of authority as an officer, but a complete dishonor to this department and the officers who proudly uphold the integrity and the honor that goes along with this badge."

Monroe said he wants to encourage any other women who have accusations against Jackson to come forward.

"We are not so naive to believe that these are the only incidents that Mr. Jackson may have been involved in," said Monroe.

Jackson was hired by CMPD in September 2008.  He worked as an officer in the Eastway division, which is in East Charlotte.  Police have said the two sexual assaults allegedly happened in that area, but haven't said specifically where.

Jackson is charged with three counts of sexual battery, two counts of felonious restraint, and one count of 2nd degree sex offense, extortion, kidnapping, and indecent exposure.

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