Guilty! Amy Bass Jackson, Statesboro, Georgia (arrested Jul 2011)

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  1. TMP

    TMP Himself

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    Name: Amy Bass Jackson

    Age: 35

    School: William James Middle School, Bulloch County School District, Statesboro, Georgia

    Position: 8th grade language arts teacher

    Victim: Boy, 14

    WSAV (27 July 2011): Bulloch County Teacher Charged with Having Sex with 14 Year-old Former Student

    WTVY (27 July 2011) Former Ga. Teacher Charged With Child Molestation

    WTOC (27 July 2011) Bulloch Co. teacher charged with relationship with teen

    Coastal Source (undated): Bulloch County Teacher Arrested on Sex Charges

    My ATL TV (28 July 2011): Teacher charged with child molestation

    Coastal Courier (28 July 2011): Teacher arrested for sex with student: Bulloch County middle school educator resigns

    WSAV (29 July 2011): Former Bulloch Teacher Denied Bond in Molestation Case

    Augusta Chronicle (7 Aug 2011): Ex-Statesboro teacher indicted in student sex

    Fox News (7 Aug 2011): Georgia Middle School Teacher Indicted on Sex Charges

    WTVY (7 Aug 2011): Ga. Middle School Teacher Indicted on Sex Charges

    Statesboro educators with issues:
    William James Middle School, Bulloch County School District, Statesboro, Georgia, Amy Bass Jackson
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2015
  2. bigd70

    bigd70 Active Member

    Statesboro Herald (16 Feb 2012): Jackson Pleads Guilty of Statutory Rape of Student

    Amy Bass Jackson, a Bulloch County middle school teacher accused of molesting a teenage student last July, shook visibly Wednesday as she pled guilty to three of eight charges.

    Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Gates Peed sentenced Jackson to 15 years, five to serve, then suspended the sentence. The former eighth grade language arts teacher at William James Middle was given 500 to 600 days of detention after pleading guilty to statutory rape, sexual exploitation of children and unlawful disposition of sexually explicit material to minors.

    Bass will serve the maximum year and eight months in a women's probation detention center, where she will receive psychosexual evaluation. As part of her sentence, she will remain on probation during the 15 years, must not have any contact with the 14-year-old victim or his family, must surrender all teaching certificates and licenses, and adhere to sex offender requirements.

    Also, she is banned from the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit — Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties. Jackson was arrested July 27, 2011 after the 14-year-old victim's parents told authorities she had sex with the child. Jackson resigned from her position at William James when she learned of her pending arrest. As part of the plea bargain, Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Mallard asked Peed to nolle prosse, or dismiss, charges of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority, computer or electronic child exploitation.

    As Jackson stood shackled in a gray and white striped Bulloch County Jail uniform, her parents flanked her, embracing each other with heads bowed. Jackson trembled violently as Mallard read her charges and recommendations for sentencing. She quietly sobbed as Peed spoke, answering him in a small, tearful voice. The victim's family members sat quietly in the courtroom as he addressed the case. Peed reminded Jackson she could face 145 years to life under the law, and that had she chosen to go to trial, jury selection for her case was set for next Wednesday. "This is an unusual case," he said. "It is very disturbing to the court and, I'm sure, to the community ... It doesn't involve nameless, faceless people. It involves people that are real." All cases have extenuating circumstances, he said. "Court is not deaf, or blind, or dumb to those particular circumstances. The question is, where does justice lie?"

    Several aspects of the case concerned him, he said. "If the sexes were reversed, it wouldn't be a question. If you were a male and the victim (was) a female, 145 years wouldn't be enough, and all would agree." Jackson fidgeted, bouncing in her seat, as Peed addressed her status as the victim's teacher. "We're talking about a teacher and a former student ... a position of trust, watch care, over one subject to authority," he said. "You were the adult. That doesn't leave (the victim) without responsibility, but certainly puts the greater (responsibility) on you. Lives have been altered for everybody involved." Details of the sentence Peed then handed down the sentence recommended by the district attorney’s office. For the statutory rape charge, Jackson received 15 years, five to serve, with the five years suspended in lieu of 500 to 600 days in the probation detention center, where she is to receive the psychosexual evaluation, he said. The charge stems from Jackson having sexual intercourse with the teen in his home while his parents were away.

    Peed also sentenced Jackson to 15 years for the sexual exploitation of children charge (involving sending sexually explicit photos of herself to the teen) and 12 years for the charge of unlawful disposition of sexually explicit material to minors(sexually graphic messages). Those sentences run concurrently with the first, he said. "The court reluctantly, and I underline 'reluctantly,' accepts the agreement," he said.

    Updated photo (21 Oct 2013)

  3. TMP

    TMP Himself

    Thanks for the updates! :)