B.C.P.D. Probe Yields Suspect in Incident

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Solid investigative work by the Boston College Police Department resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old Lynn man in connection with an Oct. 12 incident on Lower Campus.

Jerome Jackson, a student at another Boston-area college, was arrested Nov. 1 and will face a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 18 in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of rape, indecent assault and battery, larceny and armed burglary, according to BCPD Chief Robert Morse.

Morse said that Jackson arrived on campus the evening of Oct. 11 as the guest of some BC students. Jackson allegedly followed a woman student to her Lower Campus residence later that night and committed the crimes during the early hours of Oct. 12, Morse said. The student called BCPD later that day initially to report a robbery and "subsequent additional information revealed the possibility of a forced sexual offense," Morse said.

An investigation by BCPD detectives and members of the department's sexual assault unit yielded Jackson as a possible suspect, Morse said, and on Oct. 31 BCPD obtained a warrant for his arrest. Officers attempted to locate Jackson at his college dormitory on the morning of Nov. 1, but learned he had gone to Logan Airport to board a flight for Florida. BCPD notified Massachusetts State Police, Morse said, who halted the flight on the runway and arrested Jackson.

Morse praised the work of Detective Lt. Eugene Neault, Lt. Margaret Connolly, Detective Sgt. John Grace and Patrol Officer David O'Connor, among others, in developing the case against Jackson.

"This was a tribute to basic police work," Morse said. "We had officers do a terrific job at the crime scene, in helping the victim and then looking through parking tickets, sign-in sheets and other sources of information to come up with the leads. The cooperation we received from other local departments was also critical."

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