West Palm pastor, wife locked up on sex charges

Posted at 6:54 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 07:40:55-05

A West Palm Beach pastor and his wife are behind bars charged with abusing children.

Pastor James Jackson and his wife Valerie Jackson are known in West Palm Beach for their involvement with a non profit that helps teens.

But now they face serious charges related to child molestation.

James Jackson is charged with sexual battery on children and his wife Valerie is charged with and lascivious behavior.

A therapist with Palm Beach County Victim Services says she is not surprised by cases like this.

"We are not seeing the stranger danger like we used to see years ago. What is happening now is people who are in these authoritative roles, protective roles for children...are taking advantage of them. And they are the ones we are seeing who are predatory against these children," therapist Randee Kogan said.

If you have any information related to the case, contact West Palm Beach Police.