Failure to Report Crimes, Sexual Abuse/Assault and Churches

Six Homeschool Brothers Arrested for Alleged Sex Abuse against Younger Sister


Six brothers from a large homeschool family were arrested for allegedly sexually violating their younger sister for 10 years.  Parents, John and Nita Jackson, were also charged for failing to report. Two of the brothers were members of Scott Brown’s  (NCFIC) Hope Bible Church.



Six North Carolina brothers were arrested last week for allegedly sexually molesting their younger sister for over a decade, beginning when she was 4 years old until she was 14 years old.  The names of the brothers are Eric Jackson, 27,  Jon, 25, Matthew, 23, Nathaniel, 21, Benjamin, 19, and Aaron, 18. The charges include statutory rape, sexual assault, and rape. The young girl is currently 16 years old. The young men belong to a homeschool family with 11 children. At the time of the alleged abuse, they were living in North Carolina and two of the brothers were reportedly members of Scott Brown’s church, Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

The men’s parents – John Jackson, 65, and Nita Jackson, 54 – also were charged with felony child abuse and released after posting a $15,000 secured bond. Tilley said they were charged because they were aware of the abuse and failed to take action.  (

Scott Brown, Dan Horn

Scott Brown has had very close ties with the now defunct Vision Forum Ministries and recently fallen Christian Patriarchal leader, Doug Phillips. Brown also heads up National Centers for Family -Integrated Churches which was originally connected with Vision Forum’s ministry.  Church Elder Dan Horn also has similar connections with Vision Forum Ministries.

The church elder said he took Eric in December 2012 to speak with detectives and added he would have contacted investigators if Eric hadn’t agreed to do it.

“We believe their repentance is genuine,” Horn said.

 Note this book authored by both Scott Brown and Dan Horn, which was published by Vision Forum Ministries in 2007.

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Eric Jackson, 27 yrs, allegedly reported the crimes to church elder, Dan Horn.  Two of the brothers were members of the church, the rest of the family is not.  My source has told me that the two brothers became convicted of their sin and felt the need to confess to church leadership.  That is when Horn acknowledged the sin and show of repentance, but also said the crimes must be reported to authorities.

PilotOnline.come interviewed with Dan Horn, an elder from Hope Baptist Church:

Horn said Eric and his brother, Jon, are both members of Hope Baptist Church. He said Jon also is cooperating with investigators.

The church elder said he took Eric in December 2012 to speak with detectives and added he would have contacted investigators if Eric hadn’t agreed to do it.

“We believe their repentance is genuine,” Horn said.


This is an interesting story in many ways.  While there are connections with Vision Forum Ministries, it’s interesting to note how this sex abuse case was handled.  This young girl (clearly a minor) was allegedly abused around the same time as Lourdes Torres-Manteufel. She was in a large and most likely Patriarchal family. When word got out to church leaders in this case, they acted promptly. We did not see the same swift response in the Doug Phillips situation at Boerne Christian Assembly.

But there are some red flags that cannot be ignored.  When a homeschooling family is isolated from neighbors, with very little connections, abuse can go on unnoticed for years.  What a tragedy.  Please pray for this young girl who has a lifetime ahead of her trying to make sense of why her older brothers and parents allowed her body to be used in such a despicable way.


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When the brothers turned themselves in, most of them were emotionless.

“The first kid, it seems to be like a relief, but even when they came to turn themselves in last week, it was like, ‘We’re here.’ I don’t think they know the magnitude of what they’ve done because I don’t think they knew it was wrong,” says Sheriff Tilley, “They haven’t been taught any differently. I’m not sure when that’s going to sink in exactly what they were doing was wrong.



210 thoughts on “Six Homeschool Brothers Arrested for Alleged Sex Abuse against Younger Sister”

  1. I agree with Beth. It’s poor logic and unkind, not to mention sinful, to accuse people of things without clear knowledge. Thus all mean pastors = neo-Calvinists, and all incestuous people = of patriarchy, etc. etc. Would people stop lumping everybody into categories that are not appropriate? I love SSB and TWW (esp. the owners) but some of the commenters go beserk IMO.


  2. Beth and Godith.

    I was born and raised in Christian patriarchy, and MOST of the women and children in my family were sexually terrorized by bible loving, church going men, men that loved the female submission bible verses.

    The man that sexually terrorized me my whole childhood talked none stop about female submission, it was his favorite. He never told the police, and for me to tell the police would be me not being submissive to him like the female canine/little girl sex slave I was trained to be in Christian patriarchy.

    Patriarchy just turns on men that have the same feelings about women and little girls as Ariel Castro and Phillip Garrido. Trapped women and little girls that can not say no to men, and have to have sex against their will, no liberty.

    “but some of the commenters go beserk IMO”

    Way to minimize the toxic life ruining pain Christian patriarchy heaps on little girls and women.

    I have seen many christian patriarchy men get feral at the idea of women and little girls having the right to tell Christian patriarchy men and their sexually sadistic sons NO!

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  3. @Godith,

    One sexually abusive family was described in this story and different facts that were known about them. No one said that ALL families with those same characteristics were all abusive. For instance, the family was factually described as being from North Carolina. No one has said that all North Carolinians are sexually abusive.

    It is not illogical, unkind or sinful to state known facts in a particular case.


  4. I have no interest in patriarchy but my point is that not all incestuous people are church-going, patriarchal homeschoolers. Of course anyone who has a low view of men, women, or children is apt to indulge this hatred by attacking sexually or otherwise to fulfil his/her own lusts. Evil is out there–it is not confined to homeschoolers, big families, or for that matter (something I often hear) people from West Virginia. I have no doubt that men who want to appear holy join churches that appear to be Bible believing but that have a low view of women, and this coincides with the sinful man’s own predilections, and thus he abuses people and feels not so bad about it. Churches need to stop this kind of teaching. The New Testament has a high view of women, not a low one. The Bible is not at fault–sinful people are, including pastors and teachers who promote it. And of course the abusers who abuse. They don’t get a pass because they go to a bad church. Each person must bear the consequence of his/her own sin.


  5. “I have no interest in patriarchy but my point is that not all incestuous people are church-going, patriarchal homeschoolers. ” Godith

    You honestly think that no one else has ever figured that out, including here?
    Give people some credit!


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