An Oxford man accused of sexually assaulting two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as taxi service will next appear in court in April.
A hearing for W. Sherman Jackson II, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, was scheduled for today in Butler County Court before Judge Keith Spaeth, but the case was continued until 1 p.m. April 12, court officials said.
Jackson is charged with three counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery involving two women. He pleaded not guilty of all charges and is free on bond.
Defense attorney Chris Pagan filed two motions last month, for evidence seized from Jackson’s car to be suppressed and for the charges against him to be severed.
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. on Dec. 8 from West Collins Street and reported she had been assaulted, according to the police report.
Pagan said in the motion that Jackson should receive two trials pertaining to charges in alleged crimes involving each victim, because a jury could be prejudged by hearing evidence about one incident when weighing a verdict in the other incident.
Jackson’s trial is set for April 30.