Former Olympic Boxer Convicted by Federal Jury For Producing Child Pornography, Transporting Minors For Criminal Sexual Conduct, and other Sex Related Crimes
St. Thomas, USVI –United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that John Jackson, a 33-year-old resident of St. Thomas, was convicted on Friday of four federal and two local criminal charges following a six-day jury trial.
Jackson was convicted of producing child pornography, three counts of transportation of a minor for criminal sexual conduct, first degree rape, and aggravated second degree rape. The jury heard testimony from three victims detailing how Jackson picked them up from high school and other locations and then transported them to various places on St. Thomas to engage in criminal sex acts. Each of the three victims was a juvenile when the sexual activity occurred.
On one occasion, Jackson video-recorded himself having sexual intercourse with the victim Jane Doe 1, who had just turned fifteen years old. Jackson used the victim’s cell phone to make the recording.
According to trial testimony, Jackson provided the three victims with money, jewelry, and marijuana. In a videotaped confession shown to the jury, Jackson acknowledged that he engaged in sexual relations with Jane Doe Number 1, who was only 15 years old at the time.
Jury selection for the trial began on April 11, 2022. The trial of the matter commenced on April 19, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Shappert commended citizens in the community and law enforcement for taking the allegations of the three victims seriously. "We are grateful for the initiative of the adults in these young women’s lives who brought John Jackson’s criminal actions to the attention of law enforcement. We are also grateful for the courage of the three young women who testified about their suffering at the hands of the defendant."
Jackson, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in February of 2019, competed in the 2008 Olympics.
The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Virgin Islands Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Rainwater, and Assistant U.S. Attorney, Natasha Baker.
Chief District Court Judge Robert A. Molloy set sentencing for August 25, 2022. Jackson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years for production of child pornography.
A federal district court judge will determine the defendant’s sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
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