Suspect Scheduled to Plead Guilty in SU Vandalism Case
Members of the Campus Community:
Today, the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that Jerome Kevin Jackson, 54, of Princess Anne, MD, has signed an intention to enter a guilty plea of maliciously defacing property while demonstrating racial animosity in connection with the racist, misogynistic and threatening vandalism discovered on campus during the 2019-20 academic year, under Maryland’s hate crime statute. The plea includes a recommendation for 18 months of jail time plus restitution for the remediation of property damage. Please visit www.facebook.com/pg/wcsao/posts for more information.
Jackson has no known connections to campus. He has accepted responsibility for each of the vandalism incidents in Fulton and Henson Science halls in October and November 2019, and February 2020. This brings the SU Police Department’s investigation into those incidents to a close.
I commend the SUPD for its diligence in the investigation, which included combing through an enormous amount of evidence and information. I also thank our students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituents for their patience and understanding during the investigation. As promised, the University did not take these incidents lightly.
I am grateful to the allied law enforcement agencies that offered assistance with the case. I also thank Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes and her staff, who were instrumental in bringing the case to resolution.
Hate and discrimination have no place on this campus, and neither do ignorance or apathy as they relate to these issues. These incidents were targeted, but they affect us all. SU’s campus culture is all of our responsibility, and throughout this difficult time, our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters have made one thing very clear: SU unites and stands together.
I look forward to continuing to work with our shared governance groups and others as we pave the way for a better SU.
Charles A. Wight