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The Cops Finally Got Him. Then He Met the 14-Year-Old

It's the final part of the 'Cincinnati Enquirer' serial on Cody Jackson
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2018 11:22 AM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the Salt Lake County Jail in Salt Lake City shows Cody Lee Jackson.   (Salt Lake County Jail via AP, File)

(Newser) – Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer are out with the final installment of their four-part story on Cody Jackson, a young Wisconsin drop-out with no job and essentially a single skill: "luring fragile young women" he often held against their will through an extreme and manipulative set of rules—all seemingly without any legal consequences. But as the fourth part of the series opens, those legal consequences are starting to show themselves: It was February 2015, and Jackson was in Hamilton County, Ohio, where he faced charges including kidnapping. He was on house arrest and wore an ankle monitor—but that didn't stop him from meeting "Riley." They connected on Facebook. She lived outside Cincinnati. She was 14.

The 19-year-old began having her brought to his apartment daily via taxi, and, as he had done with other young girls, he told her he wanted to have a family with her. The relationship immediately turned sexual, and he began instituting extreme rules about her dress and behavior and wouldn't permit her to go home. By April, Riley was pregnant. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges in July, had his ankle monitor removed, and was to be sentenced the following month—by which time he was in South Carolina, where he met a 17-year-old. After their first night together, she told him she wanted to go home. He refused. A fight turned physical and the police were called, but he was gone again. They'd finally catch up with him in Salt Lake City, this time for good. Read about what ultimately happened to him here (or catch up on parts one, two, and three.)

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