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Posted on Sat, May 12, 2012 : 12:21 p.m.

West Willow sexual assault suspect charged with 13 crimes

By Paula Gardner

Related story: West Willow residents take to the streets after shocking sexual assaults

The 26-year-old man arrested in connection with multiple sexual attacks on girls in West Willow last week was charged Saturday morning with 13 crimes stemming from those incidents and one from April.


Daniel Jackson - who police said has a history of sexual offenses - was charged during his arraignment in the Washtenaw County jail with:

  • 4 counts of unlawful imprisonment
  • 6 counts of criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree
  • 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct 4th degree
  • 1 count of Interfering with a crime report

He's now being held on a $500,000 bond.

Jackson was arrested Thursday, one day after three girls told police they were assaulted while on their way to school.

From a previous story:

A 17-year-old girl was approached from behind by a man who had ridden past her on a bike as she was walking to her school bus stop about 7 a.m. Wednesday near Chevrolet Street and Studebaker Avenue. The man put his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming and used his other hand to grope her crotch, letting her go when she bit his hand and ran back to her nearby home.

While deputies were in the area investigating that report, an 11-year-old girl approached police. Jackson said that girl reported a man matching the description of the bicyclist had approached her and groped her chest area before fleeing.

While talking to the girls, investigators received another call from dispatch notifying them of the kidnapping attempt of a different 11-year-old girl by a man matching the same description.

Saturday's charges also incorporate a previous attack nearby at McCartney and State.

Jackson was apprehended after Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office investigators circulated an image taken from security cameras posted in the West Willow neighborhood.

In addition, detectives are investigating another attack: The unidentified female was assaulted in the Sugarbrook neighborhood on May 9th. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Everette Robbins at 734-973-4884.

Records from Michigan's Department of Corrections indicates that Jackson's background includes convictions for assaulting a police officer in 2008 and an incident of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct in 2006. Sheriff's officials also said he's been a window peeper.

He appears to have served about 18 months in prison on previous crimes.


Victoria Merinsky

Sun, May 13, 2012 : 6:36 p.m.

Is this possibly the same rapist same MO who went to town in Ann Arbor downtown last year? Seems to match the same kind of behaviorism, looks and easy to get away for he knew the area well. And well seasonally active too.


Sun, May 13, 2012 : 5:16 a.m.

Great job deputies.


Sun, May 13, 2012 : 12:48 a.m.

26 years old, good looking man. What a waste of LIFE! Great Job WCSD!


Sun, May 13, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

I suppose you think it's a pity phrenology has fallen out of fashion.


Sun, May 13, 2012 : 1:15 a.m.

Looks have nothing at all to do with this. Would you think that people who are not attractive commit most crimes?


Sun, May 13, 2012 : 12:13 a.m.

Nice work, Washtenaw County Sheriff Dept. and the others who assisted....

Deb Anderson

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 10:58 p.m.

A history and he was on the streets. My heart goes out to those poor girls, what a nightmare for all of them!


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

OK, sexual assault conviction in 2006, assaulting a police officer in 2008, and on the sex offender registry it shows he was convicted in June 2011, for another sexual assault. Can someone explain why he was on the street last week? What happened in court on the last one less than a year ago?


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 6:29 p.m.

maybe his lawyer can get to post his picture as a 12 year old.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 5:25 p.m.

Just can't let that one go can ya...

Donna Wettig Hitz

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

This is how child killers get started. He has been caught, now... Now we just need to be sure he is dealt with according to the law and not released early. Let's watch him closely.


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

I just looked him up on MI Sex Offenders list. What a creep! Please name the deputies that helped catching this guy, and I'll buy 'em a round.


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

"Daniel Jackson - who police said has a history of sexual offenses - was charged during his arraignment ..." Wouldn't it be relevant to this story to know in some detail what the "history of sexual offenses" is, including what his sentence(s) were for such offenses?


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 7:26 p.m.

Thank you, Ms. Gardner.

Paula Gardner

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

That is our policy to note changes to stories - it's my fault that I didn't. I published, then immediately realized that the info wasn't in the story and added it - probably right as you were commenting. I apologize for the mixup.


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

Although the article fails to indicate this, those details at the end of the story were added after it was originally posted and after my original comment. In my opinion, all alterations to a story, particularly alterations with such substance (vs. spelling or grammatical corrections) should be flagged as updated or revised. Having said that, I do appreciate the additions to the end of the story.


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

they are listed at the end of the story...u can look up his sentences on MDOC