Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes on Duty & Disgraced Detective Gets Closer to Being Fired
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 26-year-old Marcus Jackson pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually assaulted and intimidated seven people while he was on duty. The young officer, on the force for only 15 months, pulled people over and forced them to perform sex acts. Chief Rodney Monroe says, "This was not a reflection of the entire organization. This was a rogue cop gone bad."
Early in the investigation, Monroe admitted that Jackson's background check failed to uncover previous domestic violence restraining orders. Monroe made sure the checks became more comprehensive. But no amount of training could prevent what Jackson did. "To take advantage of women and young people in that particular way, I couldn't begin to develop a training course to say how not to do that,” says Monroe.
In exchange for the guilty plea, Jackson got what some are calling a "pretty soft" sentence of 25 to 35 months in prison. His 344 days spent in the Mecklenburg County jail will be applied as time served.
Sources close to the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity say at least two of Jackson's victims are disappointed with the sentence and feel he should have gotten more time.
The chief says, "I think that the effect on the community and this organization, you know, I'd probably never think enough time would be sufficient.”
As for disgraced Detective Arvin Fant; he's suspended and was cited for termination Thursday. That means the chief has recommended that the Civil Service Board fire him.
Fant admitted under oath to throwing away investigation notes in the Demeatrius Montgomery case. Despite that, Montgomery was still convicted of killing officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton. It'll be several weeks before Fant goes before the civil service board. He's been suspended without pay.