Crime

Former NFL player accused of spanking Macon girl with belt

A former Denver Broncos football player was jailed briefly Tuesday, charged with battery in an alleged spanking incident involving an 8-year-old girl at an east Macon after-school program.

Roger Jackson, 56, who played five seasons for the Broncos in the mid-1980s, is the founder of the Motivating Youth Foundation.

It was there, at the organization’s 905 Main St. office on April 22, that an 8-year-old girl allegedly was spanked with a belt, according to a Bibb County sheriff’s report.

Jackson, widely known in the midstate for his efforts to help disadvantaged young people and others, was arrested Tuesday on a battery warrant. It was not immediately clear why a month went by before Jackson was charged.

At the time of the alleged incident, the child’s mother told a Bibb deputy that on the evening of April 22 she got a call from the girl’s grandmother who said the 8-year-old had been spanked with a belt at the after-school center the girl attended.

“The victim ... had gotten in trouble while at the after school program with her teacher Mrs. Oprah Taylor,” a sheriff’s report noted, adding that “the victim was eventually referred to the director of the program, Roger Jackson.”

The report went on to say that, according to the grandmother, after “the victim was referred to Mr. Jackson” the girl was spanked “multiple times across her butt and hand as punishment.”

The girl’s mother took the child to a pediatrician’s office, where she called authorities.

According to the sheriff’s report, a doctor at the clinic where the child was treated “inspected the victim and noted multiple 2-inch-wide red marks on the child’s butt cheeks and her right hand.”

Jackson, who was released from jail on $1,300 bond about 90 minutes after he was booked Tuesday afternoon, could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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