Gerald Jackson, a New Bern man who operates social media sites for a living, told the Rhino Times that a 20-year-old black male who often did odd jobs for the now deceased Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, contacted him, Jackson, and told him that Spearman had sexually assaulted him in Spearman’s home.
The name of 20-year-old Jayden Hawthorne surfaced later in police reports regarding the series of confrontations between Spearman and Hawthorne.
Spearman, the former head of the NC NAACP and a member of the Guilford County Board of Elections, was found dead at his home in what one 911 caller said was an extremely bloody scene.
According to the account that Jackson stated that the victim provided him, the victim, a straight black male, captured part of the sexual assault on his phone and threatened to make the video public – which, Jackson said, ultimately led to what appears to be Spearman’s suicide in the week following the alleged sexual assault.
Jackson, who has a criminal record including school bomb threats as a youth and who has served prison time for attempted extortion of an Onslow County attorney, said that, while he had a troubled youth and has made mistakes in his past, he is now merely interested in exposing wrongdoing among public officials. He also said he had faced unfair prosecution because, during his eight years running an internet news site, he had exposed the wrongdoing of powerful people in the eastern part of the state.
“I’m just a blogger shedding light on injustices,” Jackson told the Rhino Times this week.
Before the series of events that led to Spearman’s death, Jackson, who runs the NC Beat website and several social media sites, posted stories with documentation that purported to show financial and other misdealings of Spearman in his capacity as the former president of the North Carolina NAACP.
Jackson said, after that story ran, the victim reached out to him to reveal his story – some of which Jackson posted on his website.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies have released very little regarding the case and haven’t released the cause of death.
Jackson spoke with the Rhino Times before the public release of some information, and the information Jackson provided that was not publicly known at the time concurs with the information later released as well as concurs with four 911 calls that were released two days ago.
Jackson contends Spearman took his own life because the victim had begun contacting Spearman’s wife on Facebook and had begun revealing the assault elsewhere and also filed legal charges, and the phone video is now in the hands of law enforcement.
Jackson didn’t reveal Hawthorne’s name to the Rhino Times, however, Hawthorne’s name later surfaced in law enforcement reports regarding confrontations between Spearman and Hawthorne.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has released that on Tuesday, July 19, sheriff’s deputies responded to 4246 Farlow Dr. in Greensboro “in reference to a death investigation” in response to a 911 call at 5:08 p.m. of a 71-year-old, deceased in his residence.
“This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time,” the press release stated.
The story begins on Wednesday, July 13.
The 20-year-old told Jackson that he had known Spearman since he was 15 years old and that he often did work in Spearman’s home and yard to earn extra money.
According to what the alleged victim told Jackson, on July 13, Spearman had texted him asking him to clean the gutters and stated he would pay the young man. Afterward, Spearman called him inside, Jackson said, and Spearman said he wanted to pray over the young man’s financial situation.
According to Jackson’s account, the alleged victim told him that the two men began praying over the financial troubles, and, as part of that prayer process, Spearman began anointing the 20-year-old on his feet with oil and began rubbing it into his feet and kissing his feet as part of the prayer ritual.
Spearman’s hand moved up the alleged victims’ leg according to this account and it became an overt sexual assault. (The Rhino Times is omitting some graphic details that Jackson conveyed.)
Jackson said that’s when the 20-year-old became angry, hit Spearman and told Spearman that he wasn’t gay. Jackson said Spearman grabbed the alleged victim to try and prevent him from leaving and also said he told Spearman he was going to tell his wife.
The 20-year-old told Jackson that Spearman ran to his neighbor’s house and told neighbors that the young man had tried to rob him.
Jackson said that the alleged victim filed a police report on Spearman and gave detectives the video.
On Friday, July 15, the young man reached out to Spearman’s wife on Facebook and informed her that Spearman tried to rape him.
Spearman was found dead days later in the bloody scene.
Jackson said he has spoken with detectives with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.
“The detective now has a video of it,” he said of the alleged sexual assault.
This is amazing just another chapter in the Micheal King novel. Isn’t the circumstances the same the “reverend “ king was about to be exposed for his sexual escapades with young men only in that case their were a few more prominent names that were about to come to life. Then there was the whole issue of I Greensboro City funding of the infamous Project Homestead misuse of funds and then the main computer containing all the financial information went and is still missing. I think Earl The Pearl Jones name was involved in all that mess This all sounds like a page out of the good democrat Clinton’s playbook, keep them quite and nothing is revealed. Gonna be interesting to see how the good black mafia“reverends” spin this one. Maybe they will shake down the city for a statue of this Godly “reverend”.
The police blotted mentions nothing regarding a sexual assault, nor is there any proof that anyone accused the reverend of sexual assault. The “victim” called some powerless blogger instead of making a report with the police? You’ve got to be kidding me! I need more proof than someone saying that someone called and told them such and such. GOD IS WATCHING.
The official police blotter reported that 14 county officers reported to the 911 call including the high sheriff himself. That seems a very high number of deputies to respond. I’d like for Mr. Rogers to please explain why that number of officers responded. They would have had to come from all over the county meaning there was a lot of unserved areas in the rest of the county.
couple patrol Deputies and a Patrol Sgt. would arrive initially, CID major Crimes Unit and their supervisor would show up then ID units. High profile case would have brought out at least 2 Captains, one Patrol one Cid, Chief Deputy and a Major would probably show up and of course the high Sheriff would be there. Pretty much how this happens when there is a major incident. Lots of working Deputies are needed initially but supervisors always show up, that’s just how it is no matter which department is involved.
See, there’s another “reverend” sexually assaulting people, yet there will be no public outcry against clergy rapists. I also read that in 2022 over 180 teachers have sexually assaulted students this year, yet there will be no outcry against teacher rapists. And those are just the numbers they know about.
( https://www.foxnews.com/us/181-k-12-educators-charged-child-sex-crimes-2022 )
More of the glitter is removed to shed light on this cabal who abuses power over people.
How easily we will believe false narratives about people. This is coming from a “blogger” who has nothing to substantiate his claims, and definitely no proof that any sexual assault took place. This is a guy who is the internet’s equivalent of the National Enquired, and some are believing his claims because they feed off of drama. How convenient it is that the person being portrayed as a villain is not alive to defend himself. He supposedly received this information before this man’s death, yet he conveniently waited to “expose” it? Just know that the truth will eventually come to light.
Where’s big city at. I just knew he’d be here spouting his crap about what an awesome person this “reverend” was. Nothing out of the other so called black mafia in Greensboro either can’t understand this what say you mr. crawl under the van Johnson,king skippy, earl and so many others surely someone will step up to the plate and take up for the anointed “reverend “
I may be wrong (seldom happens), but this reads like hearsay.