LIMA — A Lima man will spend at least the next 20 years behind bars after being sentenced Monday for raping young female family members earlier this year at a Lima residence.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed sentenced Terry Jackson, 35, to mandatory prison terms of 10 years to life on each of two counts of rape. Reed then ordered to sentences to be served consecutively.
In a negotiated agreement with prosecutors, Jackson entered guilty pleas in October to two amended counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, in exchange for the state’s dismissal of specifications that classified him as a sexually violent predator and also removed language alleging the use of force. Also dismissed were counts of kidnapping and pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor or impaired person.
Prosecutors alleged Jackson engaged in sexual conduct with a person or persons less than 13 years of age at a Lima residence on or about May 27 of this year. According to court documents, Jackson took four juveniles, ranging in age from 7 to 12, to his residence for a sleep-over. At approximately 4:30 a.m. that morning, one of the girls contacted her mother to come and get her, alleging that Jackson had tried to touch her inappropriately and had used a knife to threaten her.
The 11-year-old girl told investigators that Jackson forced her to perform oral sex on him and took a video of the act as it occurred. Jackson initially denied the allegation, according to court documents, but admitted to police after evidence was found on his cellular phone substantiating the allegations that he had indeed forced the young girl to perform a sex act on him.
Defense Attorney William Kluge told the court that a statement contained in a pre-sentence report that Jackson “was drunk and made a truly bad decision” could be considered “the understatement of the year.”
Kluge said there was “no explanation for what happened other than that Terry has some deep-seated demons that cause him to do this.”
Jackson apologized to his family and victims and said he would spend his time in prison striving to become a better person.
As a Tier 3 sex offender, Jackson will be required to register with the authorities every 90 days for life.