A former Texas Youth Corps instructor faces up to 20 years in prison. Thursday, the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office filed a charge of sexual assault against 21-year-old Elizabeth Jackson. The charge comes more than one year after allegations surfaced that she had sex with a 14-year-old, male participant in the Corps' summer camp.
Leaders at the Texas Youth Corps camp alerted authorities in late June of 2007. Just before 5 p.m. Thursday Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Jackson at Wayland Plaza on the corner of 19th Street and West Loop 289.
Jackson is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old, male cadet during the 2007 summer camp at Reese Center. At that time, investigators took a sleeping bag belonging to the victim as evidence. DNA test results came back earlier this year, and authorities presented the case to the district attorney.
Thursday afternoon they filed a warrant for Jackson's arrest. "Part of this case does involve analysis that was done on some evidence that was submitted and part of that does take a while," Lubbock County Sheriff's Major Don Carter said.
Jackson faces up to 20 years in prison. If convicted she would have to register as a sex offender because the victim was a minor.
NewsChannel 11 contacted the Texas Youth Corps Thursday, and Corps President Darrell Guthrie sent this statement: "The Youth Corps staff and Board of Directors became aware of a situation that occurred during the 2007 Youth Corps Summer Camp that involved allegations of inappropriate conduct by Ms. Jackson. At that time, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office was immediately notified and investigated the allegations. Ms. Jackson was immediately relieved of her duties at the Camp; and she was escorted from the camp site.
Youth Corps cooperated fully in the investigation. Since this involves an ongoing legal matter, I believe it inappropriate to comment further. Youth Corps is dedicated to bringing youth ages 14-18, from all walks of life, together and teaching them leadership principles, life skills, employment skills, and good citizenship, in order to help them discover their full potential."
The next step will be to present this case to a grand jury so they can decide if there is enough evidence to move forward with a trial. NewsChannel 11 will keep you updated on the case.
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