BIRMINGHAM — An Alabama man accused of faking his death and fleeing to Thailand to avoid a trial on child sex charges has pleaded guilty to social security fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Jackson Matthew Hall, 28, was indicted by a Cullman County grand jury in November 2014 on first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy of a child younger than 12. In a separate case, a Madison County grand jury indicted Hall on an aggravated child abuse charge in June 2015 for hitting a child.
A U.S. Attorney’s Office statement says he used another person’s identity to obtain a social security card, state driver’s license and U.S. passport to flee the country. Court records say fishermen found blood, clothes and Hall’s wallet along the Tennessee River. Authorities believed the items were staged. The next day, the stolen identity was used to fly through Chicago to Canada and Japan. From there, it was used to board a flight to Malaysia.
Authorities were alerted that December to possible sightings of Hall. A blog sent to investigators indicated that Hall, using a fake name but his own identifying photo, was applying for teaching positions in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. He was arrested the next year by Thai authorities and extradited to the U.S. that October.
Hall, whose has previously resided in Lacey’s Spring, Madison and Vinemont, was indicted by a Cullman County grand jury in November 2014 on first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter. In a separate case, a Madison County grand jury indicted Hall on an aggravated child abuse charge in June 2015 for hitting a child.
He allegedly pulled a pistol and refused to surrender to Limestone County deputies in July 2015 who were attempting to serve him an arrest warrant. Hall eventually walked out of the house and gave himself up without incident, and Limestone County authorities declined to bring additional charges against Hall.
Hall has a lengthy criminal history in the Tennessee Valley, according to court records. In addition to the rape and sodomy charges, he is also accused of exposing himself to a Morgan County delivery woman on April 8, 2015. At the time of that incident, he was out on bond for the rape and sodomy charges, but his bond was revoked after he was arrested on the indecent exposure charge, records show.