Twice-Convicted Sex Offender Is Accused Again

Byron Jackson | Chicago Police Dept

A registered sex offender who has been twice convicted of criminal sexual assault was arrested at his lakefront restaurant job on Friday to face new charges of attempted criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The new allegations stem from an alleged incident in Edgewater on Memorial Day weekend.

Prosecutors said that 52-year-old Byron Jackson had drinks with a 34-year-old woman in her apartment in the 1100 block of West Balmoral on Sunday, May 27. The woman told police that she fell asleep and awoke to find herself handcuffed behind her back with a gag in her mouth and Jackson fondling her and trying to pull her pants off, according to a police report.

At some point early on Memorial Day, Jackson took the woman’s iPhone and fled the scene, prosecutors said. The woman suffered injuries to her lip and wrists, police said.

On Friday afternoon, a joint fugitive task force went to a restaurant on the lakefront at Fullerton Avenue where Jackson reportedly worked. He was taken into custody when he walked in the door.

Jackson is charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual abuse causing great bodily harm; and theft. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bail.

State records show that Jackson is a registered sex offender whose whereabouts are listed as “unknown.”

In 1993, Jackson was convicted of two separate criminal sexual assaults. He was sentenced to two eight-year terms that he served consecutively.

In 1989, he was sentenced to four years for aggravated unlawful restraint in a sexual assault-related case. Multiple sexual assault counts and other felonies were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

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