Granite Falls man sentenced to prison after convicted of child sex crimes

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — A 36-year-old Granite Falls man was sentenced to prison Monday after being convicted of child sex crimes.

Bryan Keith Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty and will spend between 10 and 18 years behind bars for felony soliciting first-degree sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child and felony solicit child by computer.

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He was issued a permanent no-contact order for the victims.

Jackson was already was a registered sex offender based on a 2007 conviction involving a female minor

In September 2020, Jackson inappropriately touched one of the female victims and made other sexual advances toward her, courts said.

The child victim reported the incident in February 2021 after she was made aware of the difference between “good touching and bad touching” from a school training that another child shared with her.

The child’s mother noticed a “drastic shift in the child’s behavior during that time.”

The mother of the second female victim contacted law enforcement after discovering Jackson to be inappropriately involved with the child.

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A search of the girl’s cellphone revealed inappropriate text messages from the defendant.

The female victim indicated that she did not give in to his suggestive texts, officials said.

Investigators found incriminating messages sent to the victim while searching Jackson’s apartment and cellphone.

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Jackson’s internet history contained searches for nude photos of teens and children, though child pornography was not found on his device.

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