SK pastor arrested on child rape charges
By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN
Port Orchard Independent Reporter
February 22, 2011 · Updated 2:13 PM
Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Dirk P. Jackson, a 32-year-old pastor, around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at his home in Port Orchard on two counts of second-degree child rape.
A woman came forward on Nov. 19, 2010, claiming Jackson had assaulted her repeatedly between 2002 and 2003. She claims that she was 12 and 13-years-old, and a student in Jackson’s sixth-grade class at Manchester Christian Academy, which has closed.
“(She) had to repeat sixth grade, and the incidents began toward the end of her first time through 6th grade and continued through the following year, approximately 2003 until she left the school for home-schooling,” according to the certificate of probable cause. “(She) stated that the incidents had occurred in the classroom while the other kids were at recess or in another room where she was frequently moved to take tests.”
She said there were numerous occasions in which Jackson had inappropriately touched her, and two in which she had performed oral sex. She decided to report Jackson when she saw him by chance at First Baptist Church on Sidney Avenue.
Jackson was working as the pastor of discipleship and evangelism for the church, which has a congregation of about 120 people, and three pastors.
“We’re pretty shocked,” said Jamie Greening, the church’s senior pastor. “Whether these charges are true or not, we don’t know. We’d like the truth to come out, but nothing about these charges is consistent with the man we’ve known for eight years.”
Jackson started working at First Baptist Church in October 2003.
“He works with youth and youth programs,” according to the certificate of probable cause.
The woman reporting Jackson decided to report him “because (she) feels like the abuse she suffered at Jackson’s hands had a profoundly negative impact on her life and ability to have healthy relationships,” according to the certificate of probable cause.
Jackson sent the alleged victim a friend request on Facebook shortly after their chance encounter at church, which was followed by several recorded phone calls.
During those calls, Jackson admitted to raping the victim and he said he knew her age when he did it, according to the certificate of probable cause.
“Jackson stated several times he was sorry and worried what would happen with his marriage and children,” according to the certificate of probable cause. “He further spoke about being worried about going to prison.”
Later police told him that they had recorded copies of the phone calls and were aware of the assaults.
“He dropped his head and I asked him if anything was forced,” according to the certificate of probable cause. “He told us that it was not forced and told me that it was consensual.”
His father, Donn Jackson, spoke at the pre-trial hearing in which Dirk Jackson’s bail was set.
“This is one of the finest contributors to the community we have,” Donn Jackson said. “His life has been a contribution. Hundreds of people are standing in support and confidence of this man.”
Jackson was booked into the Kitsap County Jail and his bail was initially set at $250,000. The state requested that bail be raised to $500,000, but the judge lowered it to $50,000.
Jackson has lived in Kitsap County for his whole life, and has a 1-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.
“Detectives are concerned that there may be additional young victims who may not have reported inappropriate touching or behavior by this individual,” according to a press release from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information about potential victims to contact Detective Chad Birkenfeld at (360) 337-5619.
There’s no evidence yet, however, to suggest that there are other victims, said Birkenfeld. Jackson’s arraignment was scheduled for Thursday in Kitsap County Superior Court.