Gerald Jackson, 23, of Liberty Drive in Jacksonville, NC stated during a 34-
minute Facebook live posting that he had received information that a, “local Jacksonville radio personality has been having an extramarital affair with one of the town’s biggest car dealership owners.”
Jackson was seen and heard speaking live stream on Facebook as he’s exiting a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, described by Jackson as “an undisclosed location.” Jackson said he was at the hotel in advance of filming a Netflix documentary.
The unemployed Jacksonville blogger has the attention of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s office after a video appeared on social media early Dec. 22.
As he lefts the hotel lobby by himself he told his live stream audience he plans to work on several pop-up stories over the weekend and post them to his blog, “The North Carolina Beat.” “I’m going to do some stories throughout the weekend. I got a radio personality sleeping with one of the biggest car dealership owners in Jacksonville and he’s still married. His wife might have a heart attack when she find (sic) out….They say she on the Raeford Brown Show….. I ain’t going to say her name right now but I’m going to let you know if the owner want to give me a brand new car you know not to write the story then that’s perfectly fine. If it’s an offer, I will accept the offer and I’ll think about not writing the story.”
Fourth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernie Lee said in a text reply to Jackson’s post that he was “sending it to OCSO…..reference his
Thunder Country radio talk show host, Raeford Brown became aware of the video Saturday morning and said he had made a copy. “Woweeee, extortion and felonious stupidity,” Brown exclaimed after viewing the post.
Extortion is covered under North Carolina General Statute 14-118.4 and
is defined as “Any person who threatens or communicates a threat or threats to another with the intention thereby wrongfully to obtain anything of value or any acquittance, advantage, or immunity is guilty of extortion and such person shall be punished as a Class F felon.” (1973, c. 1032; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1, c. 179, s. 14; 1993, c. 539, s. 1184; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)
Jackson is currently on probation stemming from a 2016 conviction for placing more than 15 false bomb threats to area schools, businesses and public institutions in Jacksonville In 2014. Earlier this month,
Jackson was found guilty by District Court Judge William B. Sutton Jr., for misdemeanor cyber-stalking and sentenced to two 45-day sentences, both of which were suspended by Sutton. Jackson’s defense attorney, Jacksonville lawyer Stuart Popkin appealed the judge’s ruling.
Jackson is slated to appear in District Court on Feb. 21, 2019, to face charges of cyberbullying a 16-year-old female on allegations of creating a fake profile on a social media network identifying as her likeness.