MICHIGAN CITY — A former Michigan City Police officer accused of having sex with a mentally challenged woman now wears a satellite tracking device after posting bond.
Thomas Jackson, 51, of Trail Creek, was released Tuesday from the Porter County Jail after his $25,000 bond was reduced.
He had been held in the Porter County Jail since his arrest April 25 as a safety precaution to avoid potential conflicts in the LaPorte County Jail with offenders he could have played a role in having arrested prior to his resignation.
LaPorte Superior Court 1 Judge Michael Bergerson approved Jackson's request to meet the terms with 10 percent of the amount.
The case was transferred from LaPorte Circuit Court when Judge Tom Alevizos withdrew himself from the case because he has a mentally disadvantaged child.
Jackson reported to LaPorte County Community Corrections Tuesday night where a GPS unit was strapped to his ankle pending the outcome of the case.
Jackson is charged with four counts of level 3 felony rape. He has since resigned from the police force.
Although the 23-year-old victim was of age, one of the qualifiers of rape is being mentally incapable of granting consent, according to prosecutors.
Court records show the victim has the mind of a 10- to 12-year-old.