Six North Carolina men and their parents have been arrested after a year-long investigation into a decade of sexual abuse endured by their young sister.
Last week, police arrested the Jackson brothers and their parents John and Nita Jackson after one of the brothers confessed to a priest that he and his brothers had raped and molested their sister starting when she was just four years old and their parents did nothing to intervene.
At one point, the man said his mother even witnessed the abuse and walked away without saying anything.
Both parents are charged with felony child neglect.
The six brothers are charged with a number of varying rape and abuse charges.
The oldest brother, 27-year-old Eric Jackson, is facing three counts of child rape, three counts of statutory rape, and three counts of sex offense. His 25-year-old brother Jon is charged with one sex offense. Matthew Jackson, 23, is facing five counts of child rape charges. Nathaniel Jackson, 21, faces three counts of statutory rape and two sex offense charges. The two younger brothers, Benjamin and Aaron, who are both 19, each face three counts of statutory rape.
Hope Baptist Church Elder Dan Horn said one of the brothers came forward and Horn told him to “walk in the light” by telling the police. “He sinned seriously,” Horn said. “It was an evil that needed to be exposed.”
Sheriff Eric Tilley said “it’s disgusting that you would think, that parents knew that something like this was going on and just let it go. That’s disgusting.”
“That’s not a normal situation,” Tilley said. “That’s not the way a normal family lives, you know, this is absolutely wrong and to do the right thing, you need to talk with the authorities. When he came in and told us that, our initial belief was that we probably wouldn’t get very far with the case. We probably knew we were going to get some resistance because this family is… close-knit. They stay to themselves. They didn’t go to school, so they’re not really out socially.”
It took a year of investigating and North Carolina police had to travel to Colorado where the victim, now 16, lives.