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Son of Boxing Legend Now Charged With Producing Child Pornography: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The hits keep coming for St. Thomas professional boxer John “Dah Rock” Jackson — now charged with producing child pornography on his cell phone.

Jackson, 30, was charged with second-degree aggravated rape by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) on February 6

The Charlotte Amalie native appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller for a preliminary and detention hearing after his arrest on Saturday by Homeland Security Investigations for Production of Child Pornography, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

At this time Jackson remains in custody pending trial.

According to court records, Jackson allegedly transported a 15-year-old minor from a local high school to his residence.

There he sexually assaulted the minor female and used the minor’s cellular phone to create a video of himself engaged in the sexual assault upon the minor.

Information provided in the courtroom indicated that Jackson is the son of prominent Virgin Islander and three-time world boxing champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson.

Julian Jackson of St. Thomas is considered the hardest pound-for-pound puncher in boxing history.

And son John is also a professional boxer in his own right, having represented the Virgin Islands as both an amateur and professional fighter internationally on the mainland United States.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

United States Attorney Shappert said that an arrest warrant is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

Suspected child exploitation or missing children cases may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via its toll-free 24–hour hotline at 202-514-5678, or to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at (787) 729-6969.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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