We here in Prescott Valley and surrounding communities rely on the Arizona Department of Public Safety to keep watch over our highways and more. But according to news reports and the DPS, an Arizona state trooper has been using Phoenix freeways to prey on female drivers.
The trooper was fired and charged with 61 counts, including allegations of sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse. The 43-year-old former officer has also been charged with sexual exploitation.
The DPS said it began investigating Tremaine Jackson earlier this year after receiving a complaint that he had sexually assaulted a female driver during a traffic stop. Officials said an investigation uncovered other victims, so he was placed on administrative leave early this summer.
Traffic enforcement data indicates that Jackson was pulling over more women than men, which does “not fit the norm” for DPS officers in the Phoenix area. The statistical norm is nearly two men for every woman stopped.
The DPS said Jackson used his law enforcement position to frighten women and “further his predatory behavior” as he allegedly “illegally detained women he found attractive.”
Most of the incidents described in court documents took place between midnight and 4:30 a.m., as Jackson would reportedly stop women and detain them for about two hours. He would often ask them what they were “willing to do” to avoid being arrested.
In one case, a woman claimed Jackson pressured her to agree to oral sex, and he then followed her to a friend’s house. She said she ran inside and locked the door.
In other cases, he apparently engaged in forced touching and in two incidents, he’s accused of putting women’s hands on his genitals.
Jackson is also accused of concealing the length of his traffic stops and their locations.
The allegations the defendant faces could result in years behind bars if he’s convicted. Those facing similar allegations should exercise their right to remain silent when questioned by investigators and talk instead to an attorney experienced in sex crimes defense.