Marion Man Wanted for Child Molestation, Sexual Battery

Maurice Lamar Jackson is currently wanted by the Marion Police Department for multiple sex crimes involving a child.

The allegations surfaced when the victim’s great aunt went to police on April 21, 2020 to report that her niece had disclosed to her that Jackson had sexually abused her, with the most recent abuse taking place only four weeks prior to the report. The victim told the Marion Police Department that Jackson was dating their mother when the alleged abuse took place and that she was living in the same house as Jackson.

Marion Police Captain Amber Richards reported the accusation to the Department of Child Services (DCS), upon which a formal investigation was to be opened. It was the following day, April 22, 2020, that the victim was brought in to be interviewed by Forensic Interviewer Stephanie Swain.

The victim told detectives in vivid detail how Jackson touched her inappropriately, performed sexual acts on her, and forced her to touch and perform sexual acts on him, as well. When her mother first started dating Jackson, she told police that everything was “cool,” but then told how he eventually turned “nasty” with her.

The victim claims she was first abused by Jackson when she was only 12 or 13 years old, according to her interview with detectives and the probable cause affidavit. The victim told detectives that she was scared when the abuse started and that she was unable to sit up in her bed or say anything while the molestation was taking place.

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From the very start of the abuse, the victim says she was threatened to not tell anyone about what he was doing to her. The victim states that Jackson said “If you tell your mother, I’ll tell her what you did,” so she kept the abuse secret. However, now that the victim has spoken up about what she claims happened to her, the victim’s mother has told police that she believes her daughter, because she has never made up stories in the past.

As a result of the report and interview with the victim, Maurice Lamar Jackson has been charged with Child Molesting (a Level 4 Felony), as well as Sexual Battery (a Level 6 Felony), and there is currently a warrant out for Jackson’s arrest. The judge set Jackson’s bond at $20,000 cash and approved a no-contact order.

When contacted by police, Jackson said that he would meet with them to discuss the case, but he never showed up for that meeting. Police contacted him again on April 27th, and Jackson said if the case couldn’t be discussed over the phone, he would have to find an attorney to represent him.

If you have any information about Jackson’s whereabouts or details of this case, please contact the Marion Police Department at 765-662-9981.


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