Former MC cop to face second rape trial
MICHIGAN CITY — A former police officer accused of repeatedly raping a disabled woman will stand before a second jury.
Thomas K. Jackson, who retired from the Michigan City Police Department in March 2017 after becoming the subject of a rape investigation, told a judge in La Porte Superior Court 1 on Thursday that he is prepared for his new jury trial. It was scheduled to begin on Oct. 1.
Jackson was acquitted of one count of rape in April of this year after jurors determined the state did not provide adequate evidence to prove he raped the 25-year-old woman inside his van in a Westville park on March 5.
However, Jackson admitted when he took the stand in his own defense to having engaged in vaginal, oral and anal sex with the woman on numerous occasions prior to that date – the basis for the three remaining rape charges.
A hung jury was the result during the first charges, indicating jurors could not agree on whether the woman was capable of consenting to the sexual acts.
The alleged victim was in her early 20s when her sexual relationship began with Jackson, who was around 50 at the time. Authorities claim the woman is incapable of consenting to sex because she has an IQ of 48, and the mental and emotional capability of a child between the ages 10 and 12.
Jackson was originally charged with four felony counts of rape when the victim is mentally disabled or deficient. The three remaining charges each carries a potential sentence of 3-16 years in prison.
Jackson remains free on a $2,500 cash bond.
He will return to court for a final pre-jury conference on Sept. 13.