A rogue trooper charged with preying on women drivers in the West Valley is scheduled to appear in court this week.
A preliminary hearing for Tremaine Jackson that was scheduled for Sept. 20 has been delayed until this Friday, Sept. 27, according to the Superior Court of Arizona.
Jackson, a 43-year-old Buckeye resident, is a former Arizona Department of Safety trooper who was fired shortly before his Sept. 10 arrest.
Jackson, a state trooper for 13 years, faces 61 charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment and attempted sexual assault of eight women.
The case made national news, with CNN and the New York Times detailing the charges that led DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead to state, “We are horrified,” in a press conference.
The 61 charges stem from eight unlawful traffic stops that Jackson is alleged to have made.
At the Sept. 10 press conference, Milstead asked members of the public who felt they were treated inappropriately by Jackson to call DPS.
“Potential victims have been identified since the press conference,” DPS Sgt. Kameron Lee said. “We can’t discuss how many calls we have received.”
Jackson allegedly entered false information into a computer system, in order to hide traffic stops as long as an hour-long, during which he is said to have kept frightened women from leaving the scene, implying he would let them go if they offered sexual favors.
According to documents released to the press, “Jackson generated DPS warnings with false information, false times, false locations, false violations and with no … violation of the law to conduct the traffic stop.”
Lee was asked if the Jackson case led to any department changes and/or reviews, particularly with regard to stops and tracking.
“The department already highly tracks activity and has policies in place requiring the accurate tracking of activity to include traffic stops,” Lee responded. “Jackson made the conscious decision to violate those policies and public trust as displayed by his behavior.”
All of the eight allegedly unlawful stops Jackson made took place late at night. Five of them were off of Interstate 10, between Interstate 17 and U.S. 101. Two allegedly unlawful stops by Jackson were off of I-17, one at Thomas Road, the other Northern Avenue.
One stop, described in the report, was nearly in Jackson’s backyard.
At 3:29 a.m. Dec. 23, Jackson allegedly made an illegal stop on the I-10 in Buckeye. He directed the driver to stop on Verrado Way, about 3 miles from the West Solano Drive address that Jackson gave as his residence when he was arrested.
Jackson allegedly took the victim’s keys and phone. According to the document, the victim repeatedly asked Jackson to let her go.
“What are you willing to do?” Jackson allegedly told her.
This phrase was repeated in the summaries of several other alleged unlawful stops by Jackson.
Lee was asked if DPS had tips for any public members who feel they are being treated inappropriately on a stop.
“A person can always request the presence of a supervisor or a second trooper on a stop,” Lee said. “Almost all of our traffic stops are handled professionally, as we expect they should. We receive very few complaints in comparison to the number of citizen contact we have on a daily basis. Troopers are directed to be cordial and respectful; to give their names and reason for the stop as well as explain the outcome of each stop.”
Those who feel Jackson treated them inappropriately are encouraged by DPS to call the victim hotline number, 602-223-2389. Victims can also visit azdps.gov/jackson to submit a report.