HERTFORD, N.C. (WAVY) — Six brothers in Perquimans County and their parents have been charged in relation to the sexual abuse of a young girl for almost ten years.
Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley said the brothers were arrested last Tuesday and charged with crimes related to raping a 4-year-old girl until she was almost 15:
- Eric Jackson, 27, was charged with three counts rape of a child, three counts statutory rape of a child less than six years old and three counts of sex offense.
- Jon Jackson, 25, was charged with first degree sex offense.
- Mathew Jackson, 23, was charged with five counts of rape of a child.
- Nathaniel Jackson, 21, was charged with two counts of first degree sexual offense and three counts of statutory rape.
- Benjamin Jackson, 19, was charged with three counts statutory rape.
- Aaron Jackson, 19, was charged with three counts statutory rape.
During the time of the abuse, Tilley said the Jacksons lived with their parents, John, 65, and Nita, 54, who were also arrested Tuesday, each charged with felony child neglect.
Tilley said the investigation began in December 2012 when one of the brothers spoke with his pastor about the abuse and then confessed to the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office. Then another brother confessed, and indictments took place on April 24.
One of the brothers allegedly told deputies his mother witnessed the abuse on at least one occasion and walked away. Tilley said the parents are charged because they failed to take action to stop the abuse.
“The family pretty much kept to themselves,” said neighbor Bette Butler. “When they first moved here, we did have them to dinner a couple times. They seemed like a very normal people.”
The female victim is now about 16 years old, Tilley said.
The family lives in a secluded house on Chapanoke Road. Tilley said the sons were home schooled and do not have much education.
“To have something like that with the kids and the little girl, I would have never in my life expected something like that, never,” added another neighbor.
John and Nita Jackson have bonded out of jail, each on a $15,000 secured bond. The brothers are being held in Albemarle District Jail under secured bonds of up to $200,000 each, awaiting arraignment.