Former USC defensive back Joshua Jackson Jr. arrested, facing multiple rape charges
Former USC defensive back Joshua Jackson Jr. was arrested on Wednesday and charged with raping multiple women, according to a report from The L.A. Times.
Jackson is facing four felony charges — one count of forcible sexual penetration and three felony counts of forcible rape. His bail has been set at $1.4 million, according to The Times. LAPD investigators reportedly have reason to believe he could also be involved in additional unreported sexual assaults.
According to The Times, Jackson is accused of raping a female USC classmate at her campus apartment in March 2023, a female UCLA student at his USC apartment sometime between June 1 and September 1 in 2020, and a third woman at an unspecified time in San Diego.
He entered the NCAA transfer portal in April and graduated from USC in May.
Jackson signed with USC as a 3-star recruit in the 2020 class. He played in four games as a freshman in 2020, then seven games (with two starts) in 2021. He did not see the field last season.
“USC takes all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously,” the university said in a statement provided to The Times. “We have been cooperating with law enforcement authorities in this matter and will continue to do so.”