DALLAS — Joshua William Jackson, 29,
was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 156 months in
federal prison for promoting prostitution, cyberstalking and firearms offenses,
announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Jackson pleaded guilty in January 2017 to one
count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering
enterprise, one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under
indictment and one count of cyberstalking. Jackson has been in custody
since his arrest in April 2016.
According to plea documents filed in the case, in November 2013 Jackson began
promoting V.N., an eighteen-year-old female, in prostitution. Jackson
would post commercial sex advertisements on sex-based websites such as
Backpage.com, and Jackson would communicate with commercial sex
customers. Jackson benefitted financially from V.N.’s commercial sex
activities. V.N. continued to engage in commercial sex acts at the
direction of Jackson until November of 2015, when she terminated their
In January of 2016, V.N. moved into her parents’ home. Shortly after she
moved in with her family, Jackson began posting commercial sex advertisements
on Backpage.com for V.N. He posted such ads between January 22, 2016 and
March 27, 2016, without her knowledge or permission. These advertisements
contained photos of V.N. as well as V.N.’s parents’ address and Jackson’s cell
phone number. Jackson, posing as V.N., communicated with commercial sex
customers, and told them to go to her parents’ house where she would engage in
commercial sex acts with them. Multiple men went to V.N.’s parents’ house
with the intent to have sex with V.N.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the
North Texas Trafficking Taskforce investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney
Cara Pierce prosecuted the case.