A judge sentenced a former Navy police officer who engaged in sexual acts with an Oceanside teen to 20 years in federal prison Monday.
Jurors convicted Isaiah Smallwood Jackson, 23, of sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a minor. He convinced the girl, 14, to send him nude photos over social media, then meet for sex outside her home.
He was 21 at the time.
Following his prison term, Jackson, of Vista, faces a 10-year term of supervised release.
He will be required to register as a sex offender, which will bar him from initiating contact with minors, loitering in places frequented by minors, or using the Internet unless the device can be monitored by probation officers.
Prosecutors say Jackson met the girl on an app called “Spotafriend” where her online profile indicated she was 14. The app is marketed “for teens only.”
When she asked Jackson if it was bad that she wanted to “cuddle” with him, he told her, “Not at all, is it bad that I don’t care about your age?” according to court documents.
The two continued sharing text messages, and he attempted to persuade her to meet with him for sex.
When the girl stated that she was nervous and unsure if they should meet, Jackson responded by telling her, “please I’m dying to see you.”
When she said, “it’s hard to say yes” because she had only known him for two days over the phone, Jackson responded, “take a leap of faith?” according to court documents.
Eventually, he went to the girl’s home, where they engaged in sexual acts outside the house.
After he left, the victim told her sister, who contacted police. Oceanside officers arrested Jackson four days later.
– City News Service