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Feds Charge Molester in Fake Lawsuit Involving Victim

Bizarre. Chutzpah. Mind boggling. Those are just some words to describe the plot by David Copeland-Jackson, who molested an 8th grader in 1999. Copeland-Jackson filed a federal lawsuit and allegedly forged documents to make it look like the person he molested was recanting claims of being molested. He has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Judge Richard Leon/photo beverly rezneck
Judge Richard Leon/photo beverly rezneck

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The judgment stood for one day before unraveling. It was a plot so off the wall, so bizarre, that U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said it was “like something out of a novel.”

After serving a prison term for molesting an eighth-grader in Ohio, David Copeland-Jackson moved to the District to live with his mother. He e-mailed a buddy and together, federal authorities said, they came up with a plan that would fool a respected judge into issuing a $3 million defamation order against Copeland-Jackson’s victim.

Copeland-Jackson relied on forged documents, the victim’s unwitting assistance and the help of a 71-year-old paralegal who had become interested in his case.
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