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Third woman accuses officer of sexual battery

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A third woman has come forward accusing former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Marcus Jackson of sex crimes while on duty. Jackson was fired last week and charged with sexual battery and other crimes against two women. In the latest charge, Jackson is charged with sexual battery of a woman on two separate occasions and sending a man to jail after he called 911. WFAE's Lisa Miller reports: On December 29th Jackson pulled over a woman and her male companion on a traffic stop. Police Chief Rodney Monroe says he conducted an illegal search while he fondled the woman. "The male companion attempted to intervene by questioning the stop of the female victim," says Monroe. "He then proceeded to call 911 to report the incident, but was interrupted by Mr. Jackson. Mr. Jackson continued his abuse of authority and unlawfully arrested the male companion for obstructing and delaying a police officer." That landed the man in jail. This was the second time Jackson allegedly stopped and fondled the woman. The first time was November 2nd. Those incidents came to light because her male companion complained to a sheriff's deputy while in jail. That deputy and others didn't think much of his claims until they heard news of Jackson's arrest involving the first two women. A deputy notified the police department of the complaint. The man has been released from jail and all charges against him have been dropped. Last week, Jackson was charged with three counts of sexual battery. He was accused of forcing a teenager and another woman into his police car to perform sex acts. Police say those incidents occurred on December 18th and 28th. Jackson's charges now include another 2 counts of sexual battery, one count of interfering with an emergency communication and one count of felonious restraint. Monroe says the police department is working with the FBI to determine if Jackson violated any federal laws. Jackson was hired as a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer in September 2008. In the five years before that, two women accused him of attacking and threatening them. Police say civil and criminal background checks showed a restraining order against him in 2003. But that check failed to reveal a second restraining order against him in 2005 in which he was even prohibited to have a gun during that time. Police Chief Monroe says had the department known about that Jackson would never have been hired. "There were things that were missed in this background investigation that should not have been missed," adds Monroe. Monroe says the department is investigating why recruiters missed the information. Monroe also said Jackson was suspended for two days for speeding on duty. Meanwhile, prosecutors say they may have to drop more than 50 cases where Jackson was the primary witness. The Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office told the Charlotte Observer, most of those cases are misdemeanors and traffic offenses. But three are felonies, including armed robbery and assault by strangulation.