South Texas Sex Offender Civilly Committed

Barbara Schwarz
November 08, 2019 - 6:15 am
Prison, Jail

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Houston sex offender's time in prison is nearing its end, but he won't be set free

After hearing evidence from a forensic psychologist, jurors on a civil commitment panel decided Arthur Jackson III, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008, should be indefinitely committed to a lockdown facility.  They said the 48 year old is a sexually violent predator.

Jackson was nearing his parole date.

Harris County prosecutor Gilbert Sawtelle says this statute targets people who have two prior sexually violent convictions. "Roughly six to seven person of those individuals with the qualifying convictions are found to have what's called a behavior abnormality, which means they basically can't control themselves and they're at a high risk of recidivism."

He says Jackson will transferred to the Texas Civil Commitment Center in Littlefield, just northwest of Lubbock and will received sex offender treatment and will be reviewed every two years to see if their problem still persists.

Jackson has three convictions involving three girls, ages four, eight and 13.