MICHIGAN CITY – The second jury trial in the rape case against a former Michigan City police officer has been postponed until December.
Thomas K. Jackson appeared Thursday for what was supposed to have been his final pre-jury conference in La Porte Superior Court 1, where Judge Michael Bergerson granted defense counsel’s motion for continuance, which cites extra time is needed for “personal reasons.”
The trial is now scheduled to begin on Dec. 17.
Jackson was charged in April 2017 with four counts of Level 3 felony rape when the victim is mentally disabled or deficient.
A jury acquitted him of one of the charges during his first trial in April of this year, but they were deadlocked on the other three counts, resulting in a mistrial.
During the first trial, Jackson took the witness stand in his own defense, and admitted to having engaged in vaginal, oral and anal sex with the woman on numerous occasions when she was in her early 20s and he was around the age of 50.
But he maintains that he never raped her.
Because Jackson does not deny having had sex with the woman, it will be up to the next jury to decide whether she was legally able to consent to the acts.
When she was 25, authorities reported the woman to have an IQ of 48 ,and the mental and emotional capabilities of a child between the ages of 10 and 12.
If convicted, Jackson faces up to 16 years in prison for each count.
He is free on $2,500 cash bond as he awaits the resolution of his case; and will return to court for another final pre-jury conference on Nov. 29.