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NWI nurse raped car-crash victim who pleaded for pain meds, cops allege; suspect at large
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NWI nurse raped car-crash victim who pleaded for pain meds, cops allege; suspect at large

Timothy J. Jackson

Timothy J. Jackson

CROWN POINT — Gary police were searching Thursday for a traveling nurse wanted on charges alleging he forced a car-crash victim to have sex with him in exchange for pain medication that the victim had been begging for.

Timothy J. Jackson, 51, of Gary, was charged Thursday with two counts of rape, a level 3 felony. His victim was being treated at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary at the time of the incident, court records state.

DNA evidence collected as part of the woman's sexual assault kit linked Jackson to the alleged rape, Lake Criminal Court records state.

The woman was admitted to the Gary hospital Jan. 23 after suffering a broken right and left arm, a fractured rib and punctured lung as a result of a car crash, according to court documents.

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About 4 a.m. Jan. 27, she was awake because of pain and had been yelling for pain medication for several hours, court records state.

Jackson finally entered her room, said he had been with another patient and asked her, "What are you going to do for it?" court records allege.

The woman asked Jackson what he meant, and he stood up, pulled down the window blinds, unzipped his pants and used his tongue to repeatedly push out his cheek, court records state.

The woman told police Jackson said he was the only nurse on duty who could administer pain medication. She was in such pain and felt "broken in pieces" that she she submitted to the nurse's demands, court documents allege.

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She alleged Jackson said, "This is what you're going to do, or you're not getting no pain medicine."

The woman told police Jackson forced her to perform oral sex on him and raped her, then gave her pain medication, court records state.

Hospital staff told Gary police Jackson is a traveling nurse employed by a company called One Staff Medical, records state.

During an interview with police Feb. 1, Jackson told investigators the woman had been demanding medication. He said he removed a catheter as she requested but denied any sexual interaction with her, court records state.

Methodist Hospitals did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Anyone with information about Jackson's whereabouts is asked to call Gary police Detective Olivia Vasquez at 219-881-1210.

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