Brockton Man Pleads Guilty to 299 Counts of Child Rape

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Terry Jackson in Brockton District Court last year. Jackson, of Brockton, has pleaded guilty to child rape charges.

By Amy Carboneau
BROCKTON —Every night for a year, Terry Jackson would pull a sheet over his victim’s head and rape her.

Now, 299 charges of rape and sexual assault later, Jackson is going to prison.

The Brockton man pleaded guilty to all 299 charges Monday after his attorney struck a plea deal with the state.

Terry Jackson, 56, of 36 Montello St. Extension, Apt. 1, Brockton, was sentenced Monday by Judge Frank M. Gaziano to 40 to 50 years in state prison.

In graphic detail, prosecutors at Jackson’s arraignment told how Jackson, every night for a year, pulled a sheet over his victim’s head and raped her.

Authorities said he filmed every attack.

The exact number of assaults is not known, Assistant District Attorney Sharon Donatelle said at the time.

“He said it was too many times for him to know for sure … at least once a day, sometimes twice,” Donatelle said.

Of the 299 charges, 271 of them were for aggravated rape of a child, felony charges that carry a lifetime sentence.

Jackson also faced charges of posing or exhibiting a child in the nude, rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, assault to rape a child, among others.

Jackson’s trial was scheduled to start Monday, court documents show, but according to Jackson’s attorney, Scott D. Bradley of West Bridgewater, a plea agreement had been in the works for weeks.

For the past 2.5 years, while being held in the Plymouth County House of Correction, Jackson “thoroughly reflected” on what to do, Bradley said.

“And in the end, he chose to sacrifice the rest of his life, rather than put (his victim) through the rigors of an intense trial that would have involved very graphic evidence,” Bradley said.

Police located 16 to 17 time- and date-stamped VHS tapes of the rapes, in addition to 100 or so still photos of the victim in her underwear.

Police said they also found a bag under Jackson’s bed filled with 19 pairs of the victim’s underwear.

Jackson was first arraigned on the charges in April, after the young victim, who was known to him, reported everything to her mother.

The victim was between 11 and 14 at the time of the attacks.

Donatelle said the videos made it so the victim “appeared as if she was a rag doll at his (Jackson’s) disposal.”

Jackson had threatened his victim, saying if she went to police or told her mother, it would break apart the family, Donatelle told the court.

Donatelle also said the attacks began after the victim had a problem with the mattress in her bedroom and she began sleeping in the same bed as Jackson. The girl’s mother, she said, slept in another room due to Jackson’s snoring.

Based on the “volume of evidence,” the plea deal took several weeks to iron out, Bradley added.

He argued first for a sentence of 20 to 30 years, with the commonwealth requesting between 85 and 100 years, he said.

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


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