Boxer John Jackson was arraigned in federal court again Friday after prosecutors charged him with raping another child, bringing the total number of victims in the case to three.
Jackson, 30, is now facing 11 criminal charges and one “forfeiture” charge, according to a second superseding indictment filed Thursday evening.
The criminal charges include first-degree rape, five counts of aggravated second-degree rape, two counts of production of child pornography and three counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity.
A forfeiture allegation in the indictment calls for Jackson to surrender property used in facilitating the offense, meaning that if convicted, he would be required to forfeit his red, four-door Acura TSX that was allegedly used to transport teen girls for sex, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges and U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller scheduled a trial date of July 22.
Jackson was first arrested by V.I. Police on Feb. 6, and was subsequently arrested and charged with federal child pornography crimes after investigators found a video Jackson allegedly made of himself raping a victim, according to court records.
He has been in jail without bond for more than three months since his federal arrest on Feb. 23.
Law enforcement officials accuse Jackson of plying a 15-year-old girl with a marijuana brownie and alcohol and secretly recording a video of the rape on her phone, court documents show.
Jackson acknowledged having sex with the girl, but claimed he thought she was 21 years old, according to court documents.
The girl told investigators Jackson was aware of her age, and she was told by others in the community that Jackson has a history of sexually preying on children, according to court records.
Following that initial report, investigators identified two additional underage girls who were subjected to illegal sexual activity by Jackson, according to court records.
The victims in the case are identified in court documents by pseudonyms to protect their identities.
Jackson raped “Jane Doe 1” in January and February of this year, according to the indictment.
Jackson transported “Jane Doe 2” with the intent of engaging in criminal sexual activity between January and April 2018, and raped “Jane Doe 3” between July and December of 2017, according to the indictment.
Jackson was shackled when he appeared in court Friday and dressed in a tan prison jumpsuit.
His attorney, Carl Williams, pleaded with Judge Miller to grant Jackson bail so he could be released from jail pending trial.
“Is there anything new you’re proposing?” Miller asked.
Williams reiterated the terms of his motion for release first filed on Feb. 26 — house arrest, electronic monitoring and property worth a total of $541,600.
The first parcel and developed property is worth $277,000 and owned by his sister-in-law, Nicole Wheatley, who is married to his brother, professional boxer Julius “The Chef” Jackson. The second parcel is worth $264,600 and is owned by Jackson’s father, Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, according to court records.
Williams said that Jackson’s father is still willing to act as a third-party custodian and ensure that Jackson stays in his home and abides by the conditions of release. But he said the family has already pooled all available resources and has nothing left to offer as collateral to ensure Jackson doesn’t flee prosecution.
“It does represent the sum total of the assets of this particular family,” Williams said.
Jackson and his older brother, 31-year-old Julius Jackson, both competed in the 2008 Olympics. They are sons of three-time world boxing champion Julian Jackson.
Williams noted that Julian Jackson is currently on the mainland for his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which is scheduled for Sunday.
“He is clearly a pillar of this community and a representative of all the positive aspects of this community,” Williams said of Julian Jackson.
Miller said that her concern was not whether John Jackson would appear in court, but whether he would commit additional crimes while on pretrial release.
“It was based on a dangerousness issue,” Miller said of her decision to detain Jackson without bond.
When he was first arrested by V.I. Police and charged with first-degree rape and five related crimes, Jackson was released after posting 10% of his $75,000 bond and ordered to live with his mother in Estate Mandahl.
Investigators executed a search warrant at that home and found a gun and drugs, which Miller said was a clear violation of the terms of Jackson’s release.
Williams argued that the illegal contraband was found in a home shared by many individuals, but Miller was unpersuaded.
She denied Williams’ request for bail and ordered Jackson to remain in jail pending trial.
If convicted, Jackson faces a minimum 15-year sentence, officials have said.