Electronic Monitoring of Criminal Fails to Protect Teen Girl

Cody Lee Jackson, 20 years old, hails from Norwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. For reasons you are about to see, he should be locked away permanently before he kidnaps and rapes another female.

In August 2014, Jackson is charged with holding an adult woman and a minor against their will in a hotel in Blue Ash, Ohio, another suburb of Cincinnati. The victims told law enforcement that he was abusive, controlling and would not let them leave. Jackson was charged with kidnapping, abduction and interference of custody. After pleading not guilty and posting $100,000 bond, Jackson was fitted with an electronic monitoring device and set free until his pending trial.

About a month later and while still wearing the electronic monitoring device, Jackson found a gullible 14 year old girl on Facebook. According to recent court documents:

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“Jackson told [the girl] he wanted to hang out with her and complimented her looks. After about 20 or 30 minutes, Jackson told [the girl] he wanted to have a child with her.”

Jackson then arranged for a taxi to bring the underaged teen to his location, since he could not leave due to the electronic monitoring device. For the next three weeks, the girl was brought to him via taxi every other day. Then Jackson refused to let the girl return home and held her captive for four months.

During that time, he took her cell phone and changed her password to it and all of her social media sites. He also gave her a list of rules that included:

  • No wearing of tight jeans.
  • No eye contact or talking to other men.
  • No singing or humming of songs sung by men.
  • No sleeping while Jackson was awake.
  • No use of the restroom, unless given permission.
  • No eating without permission.
  • No looking out windows or doors.
  • No denying sexual intimacy to Jackson.


Violation of the rules resulted in verbal and/or physical punishment. The only times he wasn’t as abusive was when he found out the girl was pregnant with his child. He bought her a few things and allowed her to take prenatal vitamins but it wasn’t long afterwards that he again began verbally and physically abusing her.

During the time Jackson held the girl captive, he moved Melanie Loveland, the mother of his two year old daughter into his home to help watch the girl and run errands. Whenever he had any hint of a home visit by the county sheriff’s department who kept track of him via his monitoring device, he would have Loveland take the teen out of the house until after the home visit was over. This helped him hide his activity from law enforcement.

Court documents allege that Jackson raped the 14 year old every day and often forced her to have anal sex with him, covering her mouth to muffle her screams.

In July, Jackson agreed to a plea deal in his case from last year. If he plead guilty to custodial interference, they would drop the rest of the charges, so he entered a guilty plea, so they removed the electronic monitoring device from him. That same day, the court instructed Jackson to return on Aug. 24 for sentencing and released.

According to Hamilton County officials, Jackson fled Ohio on July 31. On Aug. 1, Loveland and the 14 year old teen went to her grandparents’ home in Warren County. Jackson contacted the girl via Facebook while she at her grandparents’ and told her to send him sexually explicit photos of herself to him. He also told her that he would kill her and her family if she didn’t send the photos.

When Jackson failed to show up for his sentencing, an arrest warrant was issued for him. Finally, he was arrested last week in Utah. Federal authorities have filed a number of charges against him including production of child pornography, coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Ohio has filed additional charges against Jackson including four counts of rape, one count of kidnapping, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of interference with custody.

I’ve never been a big fan of parole, probation or electronic monitoring for just this reason. All too often, the criminal takes advantage of them and continues to victimize others. In this case electronic monitoring failed miserably.

I hope the courts throw the book at Jackson and makes sure he spends the rest of his life in prison without any chance of parole or probation so he can never abuse anyone ever again, except for his cell mates.



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