UPDATE: The City of Dillon changed their May 13th meeting to May 30th. On Friday, Corey Jackson was charged with driving under suspension after a minor traffic accident. He was released from the Dillon County Detention Center on Friday afternoon.
Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division Wednesday arrested a Dillon man in connection with attempts to obtain sexually explicit photographs in exchange for money, according to a SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) press release.
John Corey Jackson, 24, was charged with 11 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, First Degree, the release said.
According to the warrants, the incidents are alleged to have taken place between 2017 through April 2019, and the victims ranged in age from 15-17 at the time of the alleged incidents.
Jackson was booked at the Dillon County Detention Center and was released on a $50,000 bond with a condition that he not have contact with any of the victims.
Jackson is the City of Dillon’s mayor-elect. Jackson was set to be sworn into office this coming Monday; however, it is unclear at press time whether or not this will take place. Upon taking office, Jackson would be the youngest serving mayor in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Municipal Association.
Jackson’s attorney, Rose Mary Parham, said, “We look forward to seeing what evidence is in this case and having our day in court. It seems strange that the alleged victims came forward after he won a political race and not before then. Corey is a lifelong resident of Dillon County and was looking forward to serving the community as mayor.”
The case will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.