Six brothers along with their parents arrested after molesting their sister for over ten yearsBy Mason White 11:55 AM May 15, 2014
|The Jackson family in police custody|
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man came forward to authorities and confessed that he and his brothers have molested their younger sister over many years, according to police in North Carolina.
The confession led to the arrest of the entire family including the parents.
The family was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child that happened over a period of ten years.
The arrests came more than a year after the oldest brother came forward and confessed. A church elder encouraged him to do so, according to Dan Horn of Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest.
Police arrested Eric Jackson, 27, the man who came forward, along with his five brothers, Jon, 25, Matthew, 23, Nathaniel, 21, Benjamin, 19, and Aaron, 18.
The family began sexually abusing the girl when she was 4 years old, and it lasted until she was about 14, Sheriff Eric Tilley said.
Their charges range from statutory rape to rape and sexual assault.
Authorities said that the boy’s parents, Nita Jackson, 54, and John Jackson, 65, who home schooled all their children, knew about the sex abuse for years, but did nothing to stop it. Both are charged with child abuse.
The victim who is now 16 years old, was taken by social services and is receiving counseling.
The parents were released after posting $15,000 bond. The brothers remain in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail each.