Four of six brothers who were charged with sexually abusing their sister for about a decade have pleaded guilty to a variety of sex crimes in Perquimans County, North Carolina.
The abuse reportedly began when the girl was 4 years old.
Eric Jackson and Matthew Jackson, the oldest brothers, now in their 20s, pleaded guilty to a first-degree sexual crime and will serve 12 to 15 years in prison, noted WAVY (video below).
Two more brothers, Nathaniel and Benjamin Jackson, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of incest and will be sentenced to jail for 20 to 24 months, and 36 months probation.
Jon Marc Jackson, another brother, had his case postponed until July, but is expected to issue a guilty plea, according to District Attorney Andrew Womble.
Aaron Jackson, the sixth brother, is planning to go to trial over his case, but will likely not be in court until 2016.
The victim says she was assaulted two to three times per week, and claimed her mother Nita Jackson saw an assault, but walked away.
Nita, and father John Jackson, have been charged with child neglect, child abuse and other crimes.
The Jacksons attended Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, which is where Eric reportedly confessed his crimes to a church elder in 2012. Eric subsequently went to the Perquimans County Sheriff's Office to confess, noted The Virginian-Pilot.
Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley told The Huffington Post in 2014:
"I blame the parents for this. It's your responsibility as a parent to teach (your children) right and wrong. When you see a child doing something that is totally wrong and you don't correct them, then the child thinks it's OK.
"Part of the investigation revealed that, at one point, the mother observed some of this activity and never did anything about it."
Tilley said the Jackson family was "bizarre" and that the dad, John, was "anti-government" and "anti-schools."
Tilley added, "The children were home-schooled with very limited education. They were very private and the whole yard has a fence around it, like a little compound. They're very different."
Scott Brown, an elder at the church, appeared to take a victory lap for God on his blog earlier this month:
"The reason this story is in the national news right now is because of the power of the gospel. Eric Jackson came to the church, responded to the preaching of the Word of God, recognized that he was a false convert, embraced the true gospel, and was born again. His new heart compelled him want to walk in the light. As a result, he confessed his sin.
"...If Jesus had not saved Eric, perhaps the devastating culture of this family could have continued, even to more generations. But the gospel transforms and shines light in dark places. Jesus was the source of light that caused things to be brought into the light, 'In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.' John 1:4-5."