Six brothers are charged with the alleged sexual abuse of their younger sister. Reportedly, the parents at one point even witnessed the act but did nothing to stop the boys. The abuse started when the now 16-year-old girl was only four-years-old and has continued for over a decade. The brothers, all ranging from 18 to 27-years-old, were arrested along with their parents.
Authorities said they first heard of this ordeal after one of the brothers confessed about it to his pastor. In 2012 the church leader convinced him to go to authorities. The leader explained to him this is not a normal situation and not the way regular families live. The pastor told the young man what he had confessed to him was absolutely wrong and persuaded him to do the right thing by going and speaking with the authorities.
The first brother was not alone in his description of the events. The victim confirmed they were true as did two of his brothers. Sheriff Eric Tilley said it is disgusting to think that the parents knew something like this was occurring and did nothing about it; that is just disgusting.
The parents, 65-year-old John Jackson and 54-year-old Nita Jackson, are facing felony charges of child neglect. Both parents have been released on a separate bond of $15,000. Their sons are facing more severe charges relative to abuse and rape of the victim.
The eldest of the brothers, 27-year-old Eric Jackson, was charged with three counts of sex offense, three counts of statutory rape of a child under six years of age and three counts of rape of a child. The remaining Jackson brothers have also been charged. Jon is 25-years-old and was charged with first degree sex offense; Matthew, who is 23-years-old, was charged with five counts of rape of a child; Nathaniel, 21-years-old, was charged with three counts of statutory rape and two counts of first degree sexual offense.
The two younger brothers have also been charged with three counts of rape each. Benjamin is currently 19-years-old while Aaron is only 18. All of these brothers are currently in a North Carolina prison being held on secured bonds of up-to $150,000.
Bette Butler, a neighbor whose son grew up with the Jackson kids, said she had no idea any of the allegations took place. Butler said when the family first moved to the neighborhood they had them over for dinner a couple of times. She said the Jacksons seemed like a very normal family. Butler described them as a family who kept to themselves; they had very little interaction with people in the area.
Another neighbor, Curtis Trueblood, who lives several miles away from the family, also said the family is a secretive bunch. In 2013 the majority of the Jackson family moved to Colorado. The family has a total of 11 children.
Tilley believes the parents should carry most of the blame, instead they are being charged with less than their sons. He said it is their responsibility to raise their kids but somewhere in the process they failed. Tilley feels because these boys believe in the bible they knew what they were doing was wrong and felt they had to repent.
The victim’s alleged abuse took place while the family lived in North Carolina. After the investigation began the Jacksons took the girl and moved to Colorado. Once they got to Colorado the teen reached out to Child Protective Services. Once notified North Carolina law enforcement went to Colorado and secured an interview with the victim. After a year-long investigation into the home-schooled family, the parents and six brothers of the victim were finally arrested.
The six brothers, all ranging in age from 18 to 27 are charged with sexually abusing their younger sister. The abuse started when the 16-year-old girl was only four years old and has gone on for over a decade. According to Tilley, these boys have no idea the magnitude of what they have done. They were not taught any differently and the sheriff says he is not really sure when it will really sink in.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)