SLED investigation into mayor’s sex charges remains open after 16+ months

South Carolina News

John Corey Jackson (Courtesy: Dillon County Detention Center)

DILLON, SC (WBTW) – SLED confirmed to WBTW Monday that its investigation into Dillon Mayor John Corey Jackson remains open, more than 16 months after it began.

WBTW learned about the SLED investigation in late April 2019, just days after Jackson won a runoff election to become the new mayor.

In early May 2019, Jackson was charged with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Arrest warrants obtained by WBTW indicated that Jackson offered 10 teenage boys money in return for pictures of their genitals, using Snapchat.

In late May 2019, Governor Henry McMaster suspended Mayor Jackson in the form of an Executive Order. As discussed during a May 30, 2019 council meeting, the suspension means Mayor Jackson cannot conduct any city business, has no authority and can’t sit in any of the city’s meetings until his indictments are disposed of.

Because of the suspension, Mayor Jackson has not attended any council meetings since he became the Mayor. Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. Phil Wallace has been running the meetings in his absence.

According to public records, Jackson requested a jury trial in his case in July 2019. There have been no updates in the case since.

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