JEFFERSON — A West Jefferson-based attorney was arrested on Oct. 15 by the Jefferson Police Department.
Andrew C. Jackson Jr., 38, of Jefferson, was charged with invading privacy. Jackson was released on Oct. 15 under a $15,000 unsecured bond. The charge notes include, “Misuse of photographic device.”
According to the warrant for his arrest, Jackson is accused of using a secret digital camera to record and take photos of a woman in a bathroom closet without her knowledge.
Previously, according to the North Carolina State Bar, Jackson failed to take action in June, 2012 when he found an employee, Pamela M. Roark, was embezzling money from a general trust fund he used for his law firm. Jackson fired Roark in August 2013 when he discovered she had continued to embezzle. Roark was found guilty of 23 counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses sentenced to five years of probation in 2016, with the total amount she embezzled being $79,000.
The state bar performed an audit of Jackson’s firm in August 2014, discovering that the embezzlement had occurred and that Jackson had never reported it, as well as other violations. Jackson was suspended from practicing law on Jan. 12, 2017, with his suspension being stayed for four years under the condition that he adhered to a set list of conditions.
One of the conditions set forth was that Jackson not, “violate any laws of the State of North Carolina or of the United States during the period of the stay excluding minor traffic infractions.”
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