On Tuesday October 1, 54-year-old Eddie James Jackson waived his preliminary examination in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl. Jackson was arraigned on one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 13 on September 23. He is accused of touching the girl in a sexual manner, and is a registered sex offender who was convicted on charges of first-degree CSC in 1979.
Jackson, of Muskegon, is charged as a second-time habitual offender. This ultimately means that if convicted, he may be sentenced to 22 1/2 years behind bars rather than the normal maximum sentence of 15 years. According to his court file, he may also be required to wear an electronic monitoring device for life following parole if convicted of the offense.
Timothy M. Maat, Chief Assistant Muskegon County Prosecutor, said that the defendant allegedly touched an acquaintance’s daughter in an inappropriate sexual manner on September 20 in Muskegon. Jackson was arrested that day, and has been incarcerated at the Muskegon County Jail since. The defendant’s bond was set at $200,000 cash or surety at his arraignment hearing by Muskegon County 60th District Judge Harold F. Closz III.
All Michigan sex crime defense attorneys are aware that sex-related offenses are committed every day; however, there are also numerous occasions on which an innocent individual is falsely accused, particularly where children are concerned. Children are often coerced into saying things or creating events that did not happen. While Jackson is a convicted sex offender, it’s hard to know whether the allegations against him are true. These types of crimes are often the most difficult for prosecutors to prove, and defense attorneys to defend.
If you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, child molestation, or any sexually related offense, it is critical to obtain the support and guidance of a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer right away. The sooner work can begin on your case, the better the outcome will likely be.