Bond not revoked for Oxford taxi driver charged with rape

Bond not revoked for Oxford taxi driver charged with rape

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W. Sherman Jackson II, owner/operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, appeared with attorney Chris Pagan for an arraignment Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Butler Common Pleas Court. Jackson is accused of raping two Miami students and his bond was set at $65,000. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A judge ruled today that an Oxford man accused of sexually assaulting two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as a taxi service did not violate the terms of his bond, according to a judge.

Sherman Jackson II, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, is charged with three counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery involving two women. Last month he pleaded not guilty to all charges, and Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth set bond at $65,000.

When Spaeth set the bond, he ordered Jackson not to operate his taxi service, not to leave Butler County and to report to pre-trial services.

A motion to revoke Jackson’s bond filed by Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile on Jan. 2 stated “Oxford Police Department has received a report that defendant is riding in the passenger seat for the taxi service, in his Maroon Grand Prix. He is not taking fares himself, but is riding with an employee.”

During today’s hearing, Oxford Police Detective Mark Blauvelt testified he had been told by a person that he heard Jackson was in the passenger seat of the taxi, but had not been able to substantiate that claim with someone who actually saw Jackson in the vehicle.

Heile also said there had been some concern about mass text messages Jackson sent and his application to join a recreation center at the university where he could come in contact with one of the victims. She requested he not be permitted on university property.

“I have some concerns with him sending unsolicited texts especially to college students,” Heile said.

While the judge found no evidence that Jackson had violated the terms of his bond, he said he is “very disappointed that the defendant is engaging in behavior that is causing us to have to review the defendant’s bond.”

Spaeth ordered Jackson to be on house arrest at his parents’ home when not working at his lawn and snow removal business. He will be on electronic monitor and have no role in the taxi business. Because of the size of the campus, Spaeth did not order Jackson to stay off campus, but noted “if he is not working, he is to be at his parents’ home.”

Jackson, who has been in the Butler County Jail since Jan. 3, will be released to his parents. His trial date was set for April 30. Spaeth also ordered he undergo a psychological evaluation.

Two women filed separate reports with police accusing Jackson, 38, of the 5200 block of College Corner Pike, of sexually assaulting them in his vehicle, according to Oxford police. The incidents were reported on Dec. 8 and 9.

The first alleged victim called 911 at about 12:35 a.m. Dec. 8 from West Collins Street and reported she had been assaulted, according to the police report.

The second incident was reported by a woman who said she was assaulted between 1:30 and 4 a.m. Dec. 9 on Brown Road, according to the report.

The first woman called 911 three times early Friday, once screaming, “Let me out, let me out” and then hanging up.

Dispatchers called the woman back and were able to determine she was at the McDonald’s on South Locust Street.

“He was supposed to drop me off at home,” the woman sobbed in the call. “As soon as I got in the cab, he said he was going to take me to McDonald’s. I said, ‘No I want to go home.’ ”

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