Former State Trooper Charged with Sexual Abuse, Kidnapping, Other Offenses
Arizona state trooper Tremaine Jackson has been charged with several crimes for allegedly sexually assaulting at least eight women during traffic stops. Jackson faces charges of sexual abuse, sexual extortion, kidnapping, fraud, and harassment.
The 43-year-old Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper has been with the department for approximately 13 years. He is accused of using his position of authority in an attempt to trade sexual favors for leniency, according to AZDPS officials.
Jackson’s own department began investigating him on May 19 after the first woman came forward to report that Jackson had made inappropriate comments toward her during a traffic stop. A second woman filed a complaint on June 11, claiming that Jackson had sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop. Jackson was placed on administrative leave the day this second complaint was filed.
Jackson has since been fired. Investigators have identified a total of eight victims and believe that there are others out there. A hotline and website have been set up for other victims to file reports.
On Tuesday, authorities announced that Jackson would be booked at the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of sexual abuse, sexual extortion, unlawful sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping, fraudulent schemes and practices, and tampering with a public record.
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Legal Options for Victims of Sexual Assault by Police Officers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor and founding partner of AbuseGuardian.com – a team of former prosecutors who now represent survivors in lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Brian regarding the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by police and other law enforcement officers:
Police officers are supposed to protect and serve the public. While most cops strive to live up to this oath, there are some who exploit their authority in a criminal manner. There have even been reports of police officers sexually abusing citizens in several states.
Victims of sexual assault by law enforcement officers deserve justice. A badge should not protect these predators from consequences. Additionally, police departments whose negligence allows citizens to be sexually assaulted by officers must be held accountable.
Along with reporting the officer for a criminal investigation, victims may also have grounds for a lawsuit against the police department. This depends on the circumstances of the case and whether department negligence played a role in enabling the assault.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a police officer, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
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