An Oregon City man who accepted a plea deal in state court last year, admitting he sold steroids to a Canby police officer, now faces federal allegations of steroid distribution, the first federal indictment stemming from the FBI’s Canby police corruption case.
Brian Casey Paul Jackson, 37, was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Friday afternoon after he was arrested in the parking lot of his Beaverton employer.
Before a row of friends and family, Jackson pleaded not guilty to two counts of distribution of anabolic steroids and two counts of distribution of human growth hormone. He’s accused of selling steroids between 2005 and 2007, and the human growth hormone through May 2008.
He also faced a separate federal indictment, accusing him of fraud.
An FBI investigation that arose out of the agents’ inquiry into steroid sales alleges that Jackson and his then-fiancee falsely reported the theft of her 2006 Subaru Legacy in September 2007, stripped it of its leather seats and a rear spoiler, and then burned the vehicle.
Once the insurance claim was settled for $26,614, Jackson is accused of selling the stripped parts on the Internet and depositing the proceeds into their joint checking account, according to a federal search warrant affidavit. He shipped the spoiler to a buyer in Bend, and sent the leather seats via FedEx to a buyer in Canada, the indictment alleges.
Jackson pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of fraud involving use of the mail and commercial carrier in connection with the burned vehicle case.
Assistant federal public defender Harold Ducloux represented Jackson in court Friday. Jackson, booked in at 6-foot- 6, 300 pounds, was expected to be released from Multnomah County Detention Center by late Friday. A jury trial was set for Aug. 10.
Court records show that the federal charges were pursued after Jackson, a former Oregon City High School strength and conditioning coach, stopped cooperating with an ongoing FBI investigation looking into his sale of steroids to other law enforcement officers.
On May 21, 2009, Jackson was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Clackamas County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. At that time, Jackson only admitted in court that he sold and supplied then-Canby officer Jason Deason with steroids. Deason was seen riding his police motorcycle to Oregon City, and purchasing steroids from Jackson while on duty and in uniform.
As part of his plea deal with the state, Jackson had agreed to submit to a FBI polygraph to determine whether his denials of more extensive steroid sales were to be believed. The polygraph found him to be “deceptive,” the federal affidavit says.
Two days after federal agents were advised that Jackson would no longer cooperate with their investigation, the FBI asked for further analysis of the hard drives from two computers they had seized from his home, and began questioning numerous friends, acquaintances and associates of Jackson, an affidavit says.
In contrast, Canby resident William Jake Traverso, who also sold to Deason, cooperated extensively with the FBI by identifying other law enforcement officers he sold steroids to, and got a lenient sentence of 15 days in jail, 30 days home detention and 24 months probation, with no federal charges.
Jackson admitted to the FBI that he had used steroids in the 1990s and switched to human growth hormone to ease back pain after a motorcycle accident. Jackson and Deason worked out together at a gym in Oregon City, where they’d run into Traverso, a former competitive bodybuilder. Soon, the three men were sharing tips on anabolic steroids and how to get them, court records show. Traverso told the FBI that Jackson was his main supplier of steroid pills from 2002 through 2005.
Jackson was let go as an assistant coach for the Oregon City girls basketball team in May 2008 during the FBI inquiry. But the school athletic director said the school had no evidence Jackson sold steroids to student athletes. Thursday night, he was arrested in the parking lot of his current employer, Western International Forest Products.