Military couple convicted of child abuse charges

John and Carolyn Jackson were convicted of abusing three of their foster children while stationed at Picatinny Arsenal.

John and Carolyn Jackson were convicted of abusing three of their foster children while stationed at Picatinny Arsenal. (7/8/15)

NEWARK - A military couple accused of abusing three foster children has been convicted of most of the charges against them.

A federal jury in Newark returned the verdicts Wednesday after deliberating for about five days.

John Jackson was convicted of 10 of 13 counts, and wife Carolyn was found guilty on 12 of 13 counts. They will remain free on bail until their October sentencing.

John Jackson was an Army major at Picatinny Arsenal when prosecutors say the crimes occurred. The couple now lives in Burlington County.

Federal prosecutors say the foster children suffered injuries including a broken arm and fractured spine and were severely underweight when they were removed from the Jacksons in 2010.

Prosecutors say two of the children were forced to eat hot pepper flakes and drink hot sauce as punishment.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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