COQUILLE — Restaurant owner Paul Arthur Jackson was arraigned on a grand jury indictment this morning alleging the same crimes he was previously charged with. The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and set it over for further proceedings to April 16.
The Coos County District Attorney's Office issued a warrant for Jackson’s arrest last month in connection with five alleged sex crimes.
At the time of his arrest, the District Attorney's office was informed by a family member of Jackson’s that he may have fled to Idaho or California. Jackson was located in Medford and taken into custody, and transported back to Coos County on Feb. 23. He remains free on bail.
Jackson has been accused of sodomy in the first degree, sodomy in the second degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, and incest.
The maximum prison sentence, if Jackson is convicted on all charges, is about 50 years. First degree sodomy, holding the most weight, is a maximum 20-year sentence.
Four of the five counts do carry a mandatory minimum. Totaling the minimums for each crime Jackson is accused of is a sentence of around 250 months, or almost 21 years.
The state presented the case to Coos County Grand Jury on March 1.
Jackson’s release conditions are not to violate the law, remain in the state of Oregon, and keep out of contact with the victim. The state requested and was granted an additional stipulation to Jackson’s release that he not have any contact with minors.