MTA officer charged with sexual assault


A five-year veteran of the Mass Transit Administration Police Department was arrested yesterday morning and charged with sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint while watching a pornographic video, city police said.

MTA Officer Leroy Jackson, 29, of the 900 block of N. Stricker St. was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case, said Anthony Brown, an agency spokesman.

Officer Jackson was charged with a first-degree sex offense, a fourth-degree sex offense and a handgun violation.

A court commissioner ordered him held without bail. A hearing before a District Court judge was scheduled for today.

Police said the woman was visiting Officer Jackson when he started to watch the X-rated video about 3:30 a.m.

"The victim stated that she was leaving because she did not like those kinds of movies," said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman.

Police said the suspect then got a 9 mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun from his bedroom, pointed it at the woman and accused her of stealing his necklace.

Then, still pointing the gun at her, he demanded that she perform a sex act, police said.

A few minutes later, the woman asked to use the telephone so that she could call her house.

Instead, Officer Weinhold said, the woman dialed 911 and summoned police.

The police spokesman said the gun used during the alleged assault was loaded with 14 bullets, including one in the chamber, and was the officer's personal weapon.

His service weapon, also a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, also was recovered.

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