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The Great Smoky Mountain Journal

Source:  WVLT

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:23 PM

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Laurel County Couple Charged With Sexually Molesting 14-Year Old Girl They Met On Social Media

A Laurel County couple is in jail, accused of getting a 14-year-old girl intoxicated and sexually assaulting her.

According to an arrest citation, Dustin and Chelsea Jackson gave the teen alcohol and marijuana at their home on January 17. The documents said both Chelsea and Dustin Jackson admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana along with her. Once the girl was under the influence, that's when deputies say the sexual assault took place.

According to the sheriff's office, this all happened while the couple's children, ages six, four and three were at home. Deputies said they found the teen by pinging her cell phone, which led them to the Jackson home.

"We were investigating a juvenile runaway case and we developed information on the whereabouts of where this juvenile might be located," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies told WKYT the teen met the couple through social media.

"This should be a wake up call for all parent to monitor their children's activity on social media and know exactly what's going on with your child because anything can happen and this is definitely a very bad situation that happened and I would like to think that if we monitor our children a little bit closer, that we can prevent a lot of this."

Chelsea Jackson is charged with sodomy, custodial interference, and criminal abuse. Dustin Jackson is charged with rape, custodial interference, and criminal abuse.