7 more women accuse ex-Arizona state trooper in sex extortion case
PHOENIX – Seven more women may have been victimized by a former state trooper accused of trying to extort sexual favors during traffic stops, bringing the total of possible victims to 15, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Tuesday.
The women came forward after Tremaine Anthony Jackson, 43, was arrested last month and charged with dozens of crimes involving eight victims, DPS said in a press release.
After Jackson’s arrest, DPS solicited tips for information about other possible victims. That led to the additional accusations, which are currently under investigation.
No other details about the new allegations were made available.
Jackson was initially booked on 61 counts, but he was officially charged with 23 crimes, including multiple counts of kidnapping, forgery, fraud and bribery. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 26.
The booking document (WARNING: explicit content) included a 26-page probable cause statement that shows a pattern of how Jackson allegedly preyed on women he found attractive during incidents from Oct. 2018 to March 2019.
According to the statement, he repeatedly prolonged traffic stops for longer-than-normal time periods while trying to coerce women into dating him or performing sexual favors before he’d let them go. The victims went along with his demands in some cases under the threat of being arrested.
He also is accused of falsifying traffic stop reports in an attempt to cover up his behavior and submitting false overtime claims.
Jackson had been with DPS for 13 years when he was arrested Sept. 10 and subsequently fired.
He’d been on leave since June 11, when a sexual abuse complaint was lodged, and was previously under investigation for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a woman he’d pulled over in May.
Jackson’s initial pretrial conference was scheduled for Nov. 12.
DPS is still looking for more potential victims. Anybody with information was asked to call 602-223-2389 or submit tips online.