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Man charged with child sex assault was custodian at Longview High

From Staff Reports
Jan. 3, 2012 at 5:39 a.m.


Longview police arrested a Longview High School custodian Monday night after a mother said her 14-year-old son told her the 52-year-old man had been sexually assaulting the boy for more than a year.

The Longview school district announced late this morning it will fire Bobby Ray Jackson and is reviewing the charge against him to determine whether further district action is warranted.

District spokesman Adam Holland has not yet respond to calls about Jackson's employment, including how long he worked on the city's largest campus.

A resident of the Tree House Apartments on West Avalon Avenue, Jackson was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Monday before being interviewed by detectives. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and was held Tuesday morning on $100,000 in bonds.

According to an arrest report, the teen returned home at about 8 p.m. Monday after being gone six hours. The report said the boy, whom police said is mentally disabled, told his mother he had been at Jackson's apartment where Jackson had sexually assaulted him several times.

The teen also said the abuse had been occurring for more than a year, whenever he ran away from home and visited Jackson. Those visits sometimes lasted two or three days, the report said.

Officers first met with the teen at his home, which is about 10 blocks from Jackson's residence, before accompanying him and his parents to a local hospital. Other officers went to Jackson's apartment.

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