An Oneida County inmate is charged with a crime that happened more than a decade ago. Desmond Anthony Jackson, age 30, is charged with one count of first-degree rape. The Oneida County District Attorney explains why some crimes can ignore time.
"In 2006, the law changed and removed the statute of limitations when you're dealing with children under the age of 11. A lot of that had to do wtih a lot of stuff that's going on, especially involving the church," says D.A. Scott McNamara.
Jackson is charged with one count of first-degree rape. Authorities say he raped and sexually abused two female children younger than 11 at his home in Utica for several years, ending in 2007. Once his case goes to grand jury for a possible indictment, there could be more charges. McNamara says it's not unusual for the darkest crimes to take years to come to light.
"It is not uncommon for children not to come forward quickly. So when you're talking about a child, one of the reasons why they changed all these laws in the first place is because a lot of the time, children, especially females, would not report what took place with them until they want to college or until they got out of the environment, which, oftentimes, was controlled by the perpetrator," said McNamara. "The victim in this case reported it and it was investigated. Obviously at the time the victim was being victimized, she was in a different environment."
Desmond Anthony Jackson is in the Oneida County jail with $50,000 bail.