Tremaine A. Jackson had his initial court appearance on Sept. 11, 2019. The former DPS trooper faces more than 60 criminal charges.
Maricopa County Superior Court
An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper arrested Tuesday on more than 60 criminal charges, including sexual abuse, stopped more women drivers than men during his patrols and regularly failed to report his location at required times during his shifts, according to court documents.
Tremaine A. Jackson, 43, is accused of illegally detaining women he pulled over during his patrols and offering leniency in exchange for sexual favors, officials say.
The Buckeye resident was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexual abuse, attempted sexual assault, unlawful sexual conduct, sexual extortion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, harassment, fraud and tampering with public records, according to DPS officials.
The agency added that Jackson, who was a 13-year veteran at the department, has since been fired.
Officials said they received a complaint of misconduct against Jackson on June 11 that alleges he sexually assaulted a woman, according to a probable cause statement. An investigation into the complaint revealed a pattern of offenses and a history of behavior by Jackson that existed before and after the initial complaint, the court documents say.
Officials said, based on statistical data, Jackson stopped more female drivers than male drivers between January 2018 and June 11, 2019, according to court documents. That compared to troopers within the department, on average, stopping two men for every one woman during patrols, records state.
Data also showed Jackson regularly did not report his location at required times during his shifts and failed to report when he was conducting traffic stops, according to court documents.
Officials said Jackson tried to cover his tracks by generating records of traffic warnings he supposedly issued into the DPS system. These included false information, times and locations, and listed violations in cases where none occurred, court documents say.
The warnings often were generated an hour or more after Jackson said the traffic stops occurred and copies were not provided to the drivers involved, court documents say.
“During the traffic stops, Jackson behaved unprofessionally, exhibited specific body language, used non-verbal communication cues, and used similar, specific terminology when placing the female victims in positions of desperation and fear,” the court documents say.
“Jackson used his authority as a peace officer to further his predatory behavior and illegally detained women he found attractive. Jackson created false pretenses and allegations of violations of Arizona Revised Statutes as a foundation for his criminal and predatory acts.”
8 other victims discovered
During the investigation into Jackson, eight other women claimed to be victimized by Jackson, the court documents say, providing details of the various encounters.
The woman who filed the initial complaint against Jackson said she was stopped on Dec. 15, 2018, about 11:45 p.m. near 35th Avenue and McDowell Road, court records say. Jackson told her she was stopped for unsafe lane usage and conducted a field sobriety test, according to court documents.
During the traffic stop, the woman said Jackson told her she was a “beautiful woman with nice lips” and asked her to spin around for him, the documents say. He also later grabbed her by the waist and made her touch his genitals on top of his clothing, the court documents say.
Jackson told the woman during the traffic stop that she could either go to jail or “get a ride home and coffee,” the court documents say. She said she bought him coffee at a nearby fast-food restaurant.
The woman said she asked multiple times to go home and provided Jackson with her phone number because he requested it, and she was trying to appease him to allow her to leave, the court documents say. Jackson texted the woman on Dec. 17 and then tried to follow her on Snapchat, the documents add.
She said the encounter lasted between 45 minutes and an hour, according to court documents.
Officials say Jackson logged the encounter into the agency’s system as a warning beginning about 11:50 p.m. and ending about 12:15 a.m., court documents say. The documents say he did not report his location during that time until about 1:15 a.m.
Another victim said on Dec. 22, 2018, about 2:15 a.m., Jackson pulled her over near Interstate 17 and McDowell Road for an unspecified reason but later threatened to arrest her for driving under the influence when he saw an open case of beer on the back floorboard of the vehicle, court documents say.
She said Jackson told her she could perform oral sex on him to leave and avoid jail, according to the court documents. The woman said she agreed and led Jackson to a nearby friend’s home but that once she was inside, she locked Jackson outside the house, court documents say.
Officials say Jackson never reported the incident or any vehicle fleeing from him, according to court documents. Officials say Jackson created a warning into the DPS system with the woman’s mother — the vehicle’s registered owner— listed as the driver, because he never obtained the woman’s identification.
The court documents say that during some of Jackson’s traffic stops with the victims, he was assigned to work for the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety impaired-driver task force and was collecting compensation at a time-and-a-half rate. Troopers working for the task force are required to report statistical data related to impaired drivers to justify overtime pay or else they risk scrutiny for not being productive, the court documents say.
Jackson faces fraud charges because he created a warning form for traffic stops during that time under false pretenses and used the documents to collect financial compensation from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for work that was not conducted, according to the court documents.
Officials say he also submitted forms for overtime compensation with DPS knowing they contained false information and claimed compensation for overtime hours that were not legitimately earned, according to court documents.
During a couple of other stops with the victims, Jackson was working off-duty and secondary employment for the Interstate 10 and State Route 202 interchange construction project to provide security and safety, according to court documents. The court documents add that he was paid by a private company at an overtime rate “while preying on female members of the public and committing offenses.”
Jackson is being held on a $150,000 bond.
His next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 8:30 a.m. at South Court Tower, 175 W. Madison St.
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