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Man facing 76 counts of child sex abuse in Alaska arrested in Arkansas

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: April 4, 2017
  • Published April 4, 2017

A fugitive facing dozens of child sex-abuse charges in Alaska was arrested by U.S. marshals Monday in Arkansas after Alaska State Troopers sought federal help in arresting him.

Jeffrey Jackson, 51, was arrested in Searcy, Arkansas, on a warrant for 76 counts of sexual abuse and sexual assault of a minor, according to Kevin Sanders, a supervisory deputy U.S. marshal in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

U.S. marshals say 51-year-old Jeffrey Jackson, seen here in a booking photo, was arrested Monday, April 4, 2017 on 76 Alaska counts of sexual abuse and sexual assault of a minor in Searcy, Ark. (From White County Sheriff’s Office)

Rochelle Liedike, with the U.S. Marshals Service in Anchorage, said Jackson originally was wanted by troopers, who contacted marshals for help tracking him down.

After investigating Jackson, Sanders said, marshals learned he had a family contact in Searcy and was driving in the area Monday.

"As we were headed toward the house of the family member, we actually saw him driving and followed him in his vehicle," Sanders said.

Sanders said Jackson drove to Yancey Park, a local recreation area. Jackson was kept under observation; marshals moved in at about noon Alaska time.

Jackson was already aware of the warrant against him, Sanders said.

"He said, 'I didn't think y'all would arrest me for that,'" Sanders said.

Marshals took Jackson to the White County Jail, where he was being held pending extradition to Alaska.

The arrest warrant for Jackson was still sealed Tuesday, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said, and nothing further on the case would be available until initial extradition proceedings occurred in Arkansas.

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