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Jackson Arraignment

Judge Martin Stone provides sentencing information to 71-year-old Paul Jackson at his arraignment Monday. 

COQUILLE — Coquille businessman Paul Arthur Jackson has not yet found legal representation since his arrest Thursday on sexual abuse charges, so Coos County Circuit Court Judge Martin Stone gave him until March 12 to find an attorney.

The Coos County District Attorney's Office issued a warrant for Jackson’s arrest 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 last Friday.

Bail for Jackson was set at $500,000. He was required to pay $50,000, which is the 10 percent, which is what is required for release.

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.

Judge Stone made Jackson aware of the maximum and minimum sentences if he were to be convicted in the trial. 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 will be presenting the case to the Coos County Grand Jury on March, 1.

Jackson’s release conditions are to 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.

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