NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 57 peeping felonies walks free on minimal bond

NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 59 sexual felonies walks on minimal bond

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

I originally posted about Andrew C. Jackson Jr. here.  He’s the 38-year-old attorney who was practicing in Jefferson, North Carolina. He was arrested back in October for allegedly placing a spycam in one of the restrooms in his office. Jackson had previously had his license suspended fin 2017 for some financial discrepancies within his office but the suspension was delayed for four years if he kept his nose clean. His nose is reportedly anything but clean at this point.

In my initial post about Jackson, I worried that justice may take a back seat to local backdoor politics as Jefferson is a pretty small mountain town. Or as I put it,  I’m concerned that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It seems my fears may have been justified.

While Jackson has been charged with 57 felonies charges of misuse of a photographic device, he’s also been released on a mere $15,000 bond. Not a typo, fifteen thousand dollars. For a man who has racked up close to 60 felony charges not only does $15K seem terribly low but even a lawyer in the Appalachians could probably gather that kind of scratch in a short amount of time.  And really, this pittance of a bond is an insult to anyone whose most intimate privacy he may have violated.

My hope is that everyone who reads this story shares it to their social media account of choice as the judicial system not only in Jefferson but also in Ashe County need to have a bigger eye kept on them instead of just one lonely blogger. So for me, please share this story so we can make sure that true justice is carried out in the courts.

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NC mountain town lawyer caught running camera in bathroom

NC mountain town lawyer caught running camera in bathroom

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

This story was sent to me by an anonymous reader who I assume is from the town where this alleged crime occurred, Jefferson, North Carolina. Last month in this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains 38-year-old attorney Andrew C. Jackson Jr. was arrested for allegedly planting a hidden camera inside his law firm’s bathroom. This is a felony in the state of North Carolina, however, I currently have no knowledge of what kind of sentence it carries. Personally, I hope it’s a rather lengthy one.

This isn’t Jackson’s first transgression either as he had been previously admonished by the North Carolina Bar. Jackson was believed to have allowed a former employee to embezzle funds from the firm’s bank account while Jackson advanced the funds of one client to another unrelated client which is frowned upon by the NC Bar. As far as I can tell, Jackson had his license suspended in early 2017 but the suspension was stayed for four years on the condition that Jackson kept his nose clean.

What the reader who sent me this story may not know is that I’ve spent a little time in Jefferson. While they weren’t extended stays I got a pretty good impression of this tight-knit community. I’m concerned though that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It’s a small enough town where some kind of deal could fly under the radar with little to no attention. I may not hold the gravitas of some on the internet, but at least I will be keeping a watchful eye on this story in order to post if there will be actual justice or backroom chicanery.

If you or someone you know lives in a small town or neighborhood and knows of a crime that you think deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

Snapchat Peeping Tom may have assaulted 11-year-old girl

Snapchat Peeping Tom may have assaulted 11-year-old girl

Francisco Aparicio Cortes

24 or 28-year-old Francisco Aparicio Cortes was arrested in Santa Rosa, California, for allegedly using a flashlight to peep into the home of an 11-year-old girl. After Cortes’ initial arrest, the girl’s father is said to have found several messages between Cortes and the girl on Snapchat that indicate Cortes may have had sexual contact with the girl. The girl reportedly used the Snapchat account of a family member to communicate with Cortes. It makes me wonder if this family member knew of the communications or just didn’t bother to check their own Snapchat account.