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Lawrence sex offender listed in Boy Scouts files used to be vice principal

James Douglas Jackson, who was convicted in Douglas County in 2001 of several sex crimes against children, was vice principal at Arrowhead Junior High School from 1973 to 1976, according to school yearbooks from the time. Jackson, now 72, also served as vice principal at Northwest Junior High in Kansas City during the 1972-73 school year.

James Douglas Jackson, who was convicted in Douglas County in 2001 of several sex crimes against children, was vice principal at Arrowhead Junior High School from 1973 to 1976, according to school yearbooks from the time. Jackson, now 72, also served as vice principal at Northwest Junior High in Kansas City during the 1972-73 school year.

October 28, 2012

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Yearbook picture of James D. Jackson, who had an active teaching license in Kansas from 1960 to 1976. He was also the vice principal of Arrowhead Junior High in Kansas City, Kan., between 1973 and 1976.

Yearbook picture of James D. Jackson, who had an active teaching license in Kansas from 1960 to 1976. He was also the vice principal of Arrowhead Junior High in Kansas City, Kan., between 1973 and 1976.

James Douglas Jackson

James Douglas Jackson

A convicted Lawrence sex offender who was one of 14 Kansas men listed in the recently released “perversion files” kept by the Boy Scouts of America, served as a vice principal in the Kansas City, Kan., school district.

James Douglas Jackson, who was convicted in Douglas County in 2001 of several sex crimes against children, was vice principal at Arrowhead Junior High School from 1973 to 1976, according to school yearbooks from the time. Jackson, now 72, also served as vice principal at Northwest Junior High in Kansas City during the 1972-73 school year.

Jackson had an active teaching license in the state between 1960 and 1976, according to state teaching records. Information about what other schools Jackson may have taught at were not available, according to a representative from the Kansas State Department of Education.

Calls to the Kansas City, Kan., school district were not returned.

Jackson had been registered with a scouting unit in Kansas City since 1981, and records from the Boy Scouts allege that Jackson abused a boy in May 1985. Days following the alleged abuse, Jackson was sent a letter indicating he’d been removed from the Boy Scouts.

Included in Jackson’s file is a three-page letter detailing the abuse. But the letter is handwritten, and some of it is illegible.

In 2001, Jackson, who at the time operated the Mask-Snorkel-Fin scuba gear shop in Lawrence, was convicted in Douglas County of four sex crimes, including two counts of criminal sodomy on a minor and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Jackson spent more than 10 years in Kansas prisons and was released last April. He is required to register as a sex offender for life.

Reached at his Lawrence home Saturday, Jackson declined an interview request, and said he's hoping to move on from his past offenses.

"I'm not proud of my past," he said.

Comments

snook3200 1 year, 5 months ago

he threw my husband out of his school, what the nerve, now we know why. what a jerk. why should he be able to move on the kids are having a hard time doing it. the nerve.

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toe 1 year, 5 months ago

I hope the United Way is making sure all the charities they support do not have sexual predators on staff. After all they have touted for years their comprehensive approach to vetting "good" charities.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 5 months ago

It was always about the pedophiles, not the schools or scouts or churches or whatever. Lots of people and groups have responded poorly when confronted with the awful reality of abuse. Much of that was because we would not talk publicly about it --- people, and institutions, were worried that it would be seen as "their fault" if they ended up having an abuser among their midst. It was not their fault, unless they covered it up and allowed it to continue. Only then did it become their fault.

Their fear of being tainted by the abuse caused them to continue the abuse, and be tainted by it.

Idea: Do what is right, even when it is hard to do, and do it as soon as possible.

Don't make it your fault.

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Isabelle 1 year, 5 months ago

It will never be ok to be Chester molester....what a nasty man

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sierraclub 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey, he just has an alternative lifestyle. In a few years, society will say it is okay.

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50YearResident 1 year, 5 months ago

Whatever happened to his new wife that financed the Scuba Store, bought him a new car, and then drowned while scuba diving with James at the Lake of the Ozarks?

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Unix_Admin 1 year, 5 months ago

He lives next door to me, and I doubt he will be giving out candy this year.

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d90J 1 year, 5 months ago

And he has been passing out candy on Halloween all these years? Think of all the children he must have molested.

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