Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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December 19, 2012

Tackett found guilty of sexual abuse and sodomy

Dec. 19, 2012 —   Editor's note: Some readers may find the content of this story to be graphic and offensive.





The trial of a former Olive Hill resident accused of sexually abusing two children concluded Tuesday when General Jackson “Jack” Tackett III, 43, was convicted on five charges of sexually molesting two children over a seven-year period.

The jury spent 6.5 hours in deliberation before finding him guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of first-degree sodomy against a male and a female, who were younger than 12 at the time of the incidents.

The jury returned “not guilty” verdicts on a charge of lst degree rape and one count of first-degree sodomy.

The jury recommended Tackett be sentenced to 30 years on each of the sodomy charges and five years on the sexual abuse charges, with the terms to run concurrently, for a total of 30 years.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Tackett will be eligible for parole after he has served 20 years. He will also receive credit for the 18 months he has already spent in custody.

The jury spent 6.5 hours in deliberation before finding him guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of first-degree sodomy against a male and a female, who were younger than 12 at the time of the abuse.

Tackett moved to Guatemala and was arrested in June 2011 at a Kentucky State Police traffic stop shortly after he arrived by plane in Huntington.

In the final day of the trial Tuesday, the defense had no witnesses to call and the evidentiary portion of the trial was concluded.

During closing arguments, the defense told the jury that the alleged victims' lack of emotion should show that they were lying about their allegations.

“Before you take Jack’s life, you have to meet the test of beyond reasonable doubt,” defense attorney Adam Bleile told the jury. “Look at the evidence, because there is doubt. We’re asking for a not guilty verdict. Jack didn’t do this. Nothing adds up.”

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