- Lauren Pack Staff Writer
An Oxford man accused of sexually assaulting two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as a taxi service has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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.
Jackson was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for arraignment in the indicted charges that were handed down by a grand jury last week.
Defense attorney Chris Pagan asked Judge Keith Spaeth to set reasonable bond, noting Jackson is a life-long resident of Oxford and his parents also live in the city.
“My client is presumed innocent,” Pagan said. “He has not only a constitutional right to bond, but a right to reasonable bond.”
Pagan noted the purpose of bond is to assure appearance and pointed to Jackson’s close family ties in Butler County.
Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile asked the judge to consider the seriousness of the crimes and the number of victims when setting bond.
Bond was set at $1 million for Jackson by a magistrate during a video arraignment in county area court on the original charges before the indictment was handed down.
Spaeth set bond at $65,000 for Jackson and ordered him not to operate his taxi service, not to leave Butler County, and to report to pre-trial services.
Pagan declined comment after the hearing.
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.’ ”
Jackson approached officers when they were impounding his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban and he agreed to talk with them, according to a police report. After the interview, he was booked into the Butler County Jail.