Cody Lee Jackson pleads guilty to kidnapping, sex with 14-year-old girl

Posted at 8:20 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 20:20:03-04

CINCINNATI – A Norwood man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a 14-year old girl pleaded guilty to state charges Tuesday. But it’s the federal charges he’s still facing that could land him in prison for life.

Cody Lee Jackson, 21, pleaded guilty to five counts of kidnapping and sexual misconduct in 2015. He faces a maximum of 7 ½ years in prison when he is sentenced in June.

Jackson is accused of holding the Mason girl captive in his Norwood apartment for months, having sex with her and making her pregnant.

Jackson was confined to his apartment on electronic monitoring in another abduction case when he met the girl on Facebook, court documents say.  At first, he had taxis drop off the girl at his apartment for sex. Later, he forbid the girl from leaving and beat her if she tried to escape.    

Jackson had a 20-year-old woman keep an eye on the girl and take her out of Jackson's apartment when he was checked by monitoring officials.

Jackson pleaded guilty in the previous abduction case, then fled the state without the 14-year-old. Documents say Jackson phoned the girl and threatened to kill her and her family if she didn't take sexually explicit photos of herself and send them to him on Facebook, where he allegedly used his Facebook accounts to transfer the pornographic images.

Federal authorities caught Jackson at a Utah bus station.

The feds charged Jackson with coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and production of child pornography.  Those charges are punishable by 10 years to life and 15 to 30 years, respectively.

Jackson pleaded not guilty to federal charges in January 2016. The federal case was put on hold last fall so the state case could proceed, according to court records.