Wheeling man accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care

Updated: Friday, August 14 2015, 05:40 PM EDT WHEELING, W.Va. -- A Wheeling man has been accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care. West Virginia State Police say the girl was from another area of the state and living in Ohio County. The alleged abuse was reported when she returned home. Lance Jackson allegedly gave a 17-year-old girl in his care drugs and then sexually abused her. Now he's in jail facing a lengthy prison stay. Jackson is from Wheeling, and according to reports, he and his wife cared for several foster children. West Virginia State Police Sgt. Matthew Adams with the Crimes Against Children Task Force says he believes Jackson also has a drug problem that he shared with at least one foster child. “The victim in the crime had disclosed that there were incidents when the defendant, when Mr. Jackson, would purchase heroin prior to and after the alleged acts took place,” Adams said. The alleged victim has been taken out of the Jackson family's care. The wife has not been charged with any crime. Lance Jackson is charged with sexual abuse. He faces 10-20 years in prison and his bond is set at $125,000. He is in the Northern Regional Jail.