Jasper man gets 30 years in child molesting case


JASPER — A Jasper man convicted last month on multiple counts of child molesting received a 30-year prison sentence this week.


Last September, the Jasper Police Department arrested Michael A. Jackson, 51, 307 W. 14th St., on a warrant charging him with the multiple felony counts.

That warrant was issued after an investigation by the Dubois County Department of Child Services and Jasper police.

Authorities charged Jackson with Class C felony counts of child molesting and criminal confinement, a Level 1 felony count of child molesting, a Level 4 felony count of child molesting and a Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement.

A Dubois Circuit Court bench trial in the case was held Aug. 8 and 9 and, on Aug. 16, the court entered judgments of convictions on all five felony counts.

On Tuesday, the court sentenced Jackson to 30 years at the Indiana Department of Correction on the Level 1 felony count of child molesting. His prison terms for five other lesser felonies ranged from three to six years each, but it was ruled that the sentences in all six counts will run concurrently.

Jackson, who has indicated to the court that he wishes to appeal, was told he could have no contact with the victim in the case. He is also being required to register as a sex offender for life.


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