Worcester man charged with arson, sexual misconduct in two separate cases

By WKTV News

WORCESTER, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Town of Worcester man faces up to 15 years in state prison and another year in County Jail, following separate investigations into an intentionally set fire in 2007 and alleged sexual misconduct in 2010.

According to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office, Carl C. Jackson Jr., 22, of Worcester was charged with third and fourth-degree arson and sexual misconduct on July 5.

Authorities say that back on July 22, 2007, crews from the Worcester Fire Department responded to a residence on Brighton Road in Worcester for a motor vehicle and structure that were on fire. The Fire Department conducted an investigation and determined that the fire, which burned up a 1995 Volkswagon Jetta and destroyed the wooden shed that was behind it, was suspicious in nature.

In October 2010, the Sheriff's Office received information from the Schoharie County Sheriff's office that a 16 year old female reported that Jackson Jr had sexual relations with her at a residence in East Worcester. The investigation was turned over to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office.

Both of these cases were recently closed and Jackson was formally charged with arson and sexual misconduct in the two separate cases. Last Thursday, Jackson, Jr surrendered himself at the Otsego County Sheriff's Office and was arrested on the above charges. He was arraigned by a Town of Worcester Judge and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to re-appear in the Worcester court in August.

If convicted Jackson, Jr faces up to 15 years in state prison on the arson charges and one year in the Otsego County Jail on the sexual misconduct charge.

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