Ex-USC Football Player Accused of Raping 2 Women

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Ex-USC Football Player Joshua Jackson Jr. Arrested in Connection With 2 Rapes

Ex-USC Football Player Joshua Jackson Jr. Arrested in Connection With 2 Rapes

Jun 9, 2023

Former University of Southern California (USC) football player Joshua Jackson Jr. was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of rape. The sex crimes alleged to have been committed by the former USC defensive back reportedly date back to 2020, with the latest incident having taken place in March, according to a report from Fox News.

A press release issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Jackson was charged with:

  • One felony count of forcible sexual penetration
  • Three felony counts of forcible rape

Sexual assault is a heinous crime that cannot be tolerated,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said. “These brave women made the difficult decision to come forward and report their assault, now it’s our turn to ensure that justice is done. We will do everything we can to hold the person responsible accountable for his actions.

The ex-USC football player is alleged to have committed the following sex crimes:

  • In March 2023, Jackson Jr. is accused of raping a classmate at her USC apartment.
  • He also is accused of raping a UCLA student sometime between June 1 and September 1, 2020 at his apartment.

Jackson Jr. is expected to be arraigned by week’s end in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The rape case was filed for warrant on June 6, according to the Los Angeles County D.A.’s Office.

The former USC football player is being held on $1.4 million bond, according to a report from ABC News. ABC also reported that as of Thursday, it was unclear whether or not Jackson Jr. had retained a criminal defense attorney.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is continuing to investigate Jackson Jr. Law enforcement officials have indicated that there may be additional women who were victimized by the suspect.

The LAPD issued a statement Wednesday identifying a third victim in San Diego, according to Fox News.

“It is believed Jackson was involved in additional unreported sexual assaults,” the LAPD said, per the Fox report.

Anyone who may be a victim of Jackson Jr. or with information related to a sex crime committed by the former USC football player is urged to immediately come forward and report the matter to law enforcement at 323-290-2976 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

According to ABC News, Jackson Jr. was a former standout student athlete at Harbor City Narbonne. He appeared in three games after enrolling at USC in 2020, but entered the NCAA transfer portal in April before graduating from the university in May. He did not play in any games for USC in the 2022 season.

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