Jasper officer placed on leave amid child sexual assault allegations

Jasper officer placed on leave amid child sexual assault allegations

A Jasper police officer placed on administrative leave in August has been indicted on charges of sexual assault of a child for abuse alleged prior to employment with the department, reports Lt. G.W. Foster of the Jasper Police Department. Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall has recommended the officer's termination from the department and is awaiting final approval from the city council. 

Foster reports, in spite of the mandatory background check for new officers, the department had no knowledge Officer Lacie Jackson was under investigation for allegations of sexual assault on a child until the Texas Rangers contacted them Aug. 23. At that time, the department immediately placed Jackson on adminstrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Jackson had been hired in February 2016. The alleged incident was reported after Jasper PD had conducted its background investigation on Jackson, explained Hall, and could therefore not have been discovered during the background investigation.

The police department was notified Sept. 28 that Jackson had been indicted in Sabine County for sexual assault of a child, Foster stated in a news release. Jasper's city charter mandates that city council must approve employee terminations within the police department, and Chief Hall plans to recommend Jackson's dismissal for violating the department's Rules of Conduct. 

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