LIMA — A Lima man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted on charges returned against him this month by an Allen County grand jury.
Terry Jackson, 35, of Lima, on Thursday entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of rape with specifications as a sexually violent predator, first-degree felonies; pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor or impaired person, a second-degree felony; and kidnapping with a sexually violent predator specification, also a first-degree felony.
During his arraignment hearing, Judge Terri Kohlrieser explained the charges against him and told Jackson that the specifications as a sexually violent predator carry a mandatory prison term of life without parole. The use of force, as alleged in the indictment, calls for a prison sentence of either 15 years to life or 25 years to life, the judge said.
According to a narrative by Lima Police Department Detective Steve Steckschulte, police were dispatched on May 27 to an address in the city in reference to an alleged sexual assault on North Cole Street earlier that morning.
The statement alleges that Jackson engaged in sexual activity with an 11-year-old girl and recorded the act with his cell phone.
The juvenile told police that Jackson forced her into her bedroom, removed her pants and underwear and then removed his own shorts. He then forced the young girl to perform oral sex on him, according to court documents.
Jackson reportedly took a video of the act and threatened to send the video to the girl’s mother if she did not perform additional sex acts with him.
The girl refused. Police had been contacted, and Jackson was soon arrested.
Jackson initially denied the allegations but later admitted after a search of his cell phone that the incident did take place, according to court documents.
A pretrial hearing for Jackson was scheduled for 8 a.m. on Aug. 1.