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Jury puts sexual predator who abused children behind bars

November 7, 2019 

A sexual predator diagnosed with pedophilic disorder, a lifelong condition, was committed to a lockdown facility, where he will remain indefinitely after a jury determined this week that he is too sexually violent to be released from prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Thursday.

Arthur Jackson III, 48, was sentenced in 2008 to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three young girls he knew including a 4-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old.

“This predator has shown that no child will be safe around him, even if he is placed under court supervision,” Ogg said. “Thankfully a jury agreed to keep him locked up.”

Because of his upcoming release date, he was evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Forensic psychologist Dr. Timothy Proctor determined that Jackson has pedophilic disorder and testified at the hearing this week.

After jurors heard the evidence, including Jackson’s history of abusing children, they ruled that he should be committed to a lockdown facility in Littlefield indefinitely. His case will be reviewed every two years.

Jackson was charged in 2006 with indecency with a child after an outcry from the 8-year-old daughter of a friend. Jackson was supposed to take the girl to a store, but instead he took her home where he fondled her. He was placed on deferred adjudication probation. Eight days later, while on probation, he was arrested for fondling a 4-year-old girl.

During this time, a 13-year-old came forward and told authorities that Jackson had been molesting her for about 6 years. Jackson pleaded guilty to all of the allegations in exchange for a prison sentence of 15 years.

Prosecutors Gilbert Sawtelle and Marc Gault with the Special Prosecution Unit handled the civil commitment hearing this week.

“Arthur Jackson’s criminal convictions were very close in time and he had a history of re-offending while on probation for other sex offenses,” Sawtelle said. “His own track record proved that he’s a danger to society and a risk to re-offend in a sexually violent way.”

Texas state law allows sexual predators to be committed to lockdown facilities under Chapter 841 of the Health & Safety Code.

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