Posted on December 31, 2009

Charlotte Police Officer Charged With 2 Sex Crimes

The State (Columbia, South Carolina), December 31, 2009

Police say one of their own officers pulled over two young women while on duty and sexually assaulted them in his police cruiser within the last two weeks.

And Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said “it would be naïve” to believe that the officer hadn’t assaulted other women. He issued the officer’s mug shot to the media, hoping other potential victims will come forward.

Marcus Jackson, 25, who’s been an officer with CMPD since 2008, was arrested by detectives Wednesday night at police headquarters after an investigation that began Monday.

He’s charged with three counts of sexual battery, second-degree sex offense, extortion, kidnapping, indecent exposure and two counts of felonious restraint.

Monroe said Jackson was “terminated, effective immediately.”

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The first was on Dec. 18. Monroe said Jackson–wearing his uniform and driving his marked patrol car–pulled over a 17-year-old girl, forced her into his car, drove to another location and committed sex acts.

A relative of the girl called police Monday night and officers began an investigation.

As detectives were collecting information, Monroe said, a 21-year-old woman came forward Tuesday night and said she’d been sexually assaulted under similar circumstances by Jackson on Monday.

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