Rhode Island Priest Charged With Child Pornography Back In Court

(For Immediate Release October 6, 2022) 

Father Jackson, formerly pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Providence, was arrested on Oct. 30, 2021, by the Rhode Island State Police after an investigation by a Rhode Island computer crimes task force.

Jackson faces charges of federal and state child pornography. Under a pre-trial release agreement, Jackson was allowed to move to Kansas with a family member. In July 2022, he was apprehended by US Marshals in Kansas. He is now being held by the United States Marshals Service in the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

According to James Rosenberg, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Rhode Island, during his Oct. 3 hearing in U.S. District Court in Providence, Jackson admitted that the government could prove that he violated the condition prohibiting him from "possessing any materials including videos, magazines, photographs, computer-generated depictions or any other forms that depict sexually explicit conduct involving children."

In short, this case illustrates what we have understood for decades, predilections follow wherever the named defendant travels. We can count many cases where evil individuals being investigated or charged with crimes related to child exploitation or sexual abuse have fled the country to escape justice and commit more of the same crimes.

It is our hope that states such as Rhode Island will revisit their guidelines on pre-trial release and understand that severe crimes such as those charged against Fr. James Jackson should not be taken lightly because the alleged wears a clerical collar.

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager, (267-261-0578, [email protected]) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected]) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President, (814-341-8386, [email protected])

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)



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