Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca man faces rape charges after sexually abusing a girl younger than 12 years old, according to court records.


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Abdur-Rashid Jackson, 30, was charged with first-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Records filed with Tompkins County Court say that Jackson had sex with a girl who was younger than 12. (All that had been previously reported were the charges.)


The rape reportedly occurred in the summer of 2014. It happened one time, according to court records.

Jackson was arrested March 19 shortly after a conversation between the police and the victim that same week.

Ithaca police Inv. Christine Barksdale conducted the investigation, according to court records. Wendy Franklin is the assistant district attorney in the case and Kristine Shaw is listed in court paperwork as the defense attorney.

In court papers, the victim said that she was scared about what would happen if she told police and her mother about what had happened. Court paperwork show a two-page transcript of an interview between the victim and police.

Jackson’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or $300,000 in bonds.

Victims of sexual abuse should call the Tompkins County Advocacy Center at 277-5000, according to Tiffany Greco, of the advocacy center.

“It’s important for the public to hold people who sexually abuse children accountable for their actions.  Doing so moves us closer towards creating a community that is safe for all of our children,” Greco says.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.