Former Concordia football player charged with rape

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A former standout football player at Concordia Lutheran High School has been charged with raping a girl as she tried to end a relationship with him.

Tariq Jackson, 18, faces felony charges of rape and sexual battery in Allen Superior Court after a girl reported that Jackson, her boyfriend for some four months, had sexually assaulted her.

Tariq Jackson
Tariq Jackson

According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl said that she went to Jackson’s home to break up with him on January 10. When they arrived, the pair went inside Jackson’s bedroom to talk and Jackson repeated told the girl he wanted to have sex with her, urges the girl said she shot down, the affidavit said.

At that point, the girl said Jackson got a condom, removed his clothing and hers and pulled her to the edge of the bed. The girl said Jackson then held her down and as she told him to stop, he raped her, according to the affidavit.

The girl told an investigator that “her body went limp and that she did not do anything at that point,” the affidavit said.

Afterward, the girl said Jackson gave her a tissue and told her to go to the bathroom to “fix herself up,” the affidavit said.

A sexual assault test was done on the girl and on her clothing to gather evidence, the affidavit said.

Jackson did not speak with police because he had hired an attorney, according to the affidavit.

Jackson was a celebrated athlete at Concordia Lutheran High School. At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, he anchored both the offensive and defensive lines for the Cadets football team. In late April, alongside his twin brother, he signed on to play football and lacrosse at Anderson University.

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