Texas man arrested in New Braunfels on additional human trafficking charge
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — KXAN has learned new details about a 58-year-old retired U.S. Air Force colonel who was arrested twice in New Braunfels in the past week on two counts of human trafficking.
New Braunfels police said Mark Steven Jamison was arrested Wednesday after a second victim came forward. The first arrest was on October 21.
Police said the crimes against the first victim, a 16-year-old girl, began in May this year. The crimes against the second victim took place in 2021, when that person was 15 years old, the department said.
NBPD said the investigation is ongoing and Jamison potentially faces additional charges. Detectives believe there may be additional victims.
KXAN attempted to contact Jamison but did not receive a response. We’ll update this story when we do.
An affidavit reveals details of the case
According to a Comal County arrest affidavit, Jamison met a 16-year-old using SnapChat. On three separate occasions between May and October, the affidavit states, Jamison drove the victim to San Marcos, where he sexually assaulted her in his vehicle and in a hotel room.
According to the affidavit, the 16-year-old victim told police Jamison gave her money and gift cards. The victim also told police Jamison admitted to doing this with other girls, the affidavit said.
On October 19, officials at the girl’s high school learned of what was happening and contacted the police. The next day, while police were going through the victim’s phone, Jamison began texting her to arrange another pickup. According to the affidavit, police responded as if it were the 16-year-old girl and set up an encounter.
When Jamison arrived at the arranged pickup location, the victim identified him as the man who had sexually assaulted her, the affidavit said. He is in custody.
During a brief interview with police, Jamison said he believed the victim to be 18 years old and confirmed he had previously taken the victim to an unknown area near San Marcos, but stated he did not have sex with her, according to the affidavit .
After police advised Jamison that the victim said she had been sexually abused and that she was 16 years old, the affidavit states, Jamison began to panic and said “she’s going to get a divorce now.”
KXAN has determined that Jamison is a former U.S. Air Force colonel and owns Cyber Checkmate Consultants, a cybersecurity consulting firm in San Antonio, according to business records and his professional history posted on various websites where Jamison has been connected.
Agents of the US Marshals Office arrested Jamison at a gas station located on Highway 46 West in New Braunfels. His bond was set at $500,000. He remains in custody as of Thursday morning, police said.
The NBPD wrote in its release that the Comal County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to increase Jamison’s bond on the original charge and add additional bail conditions. A hearing is pending on this matter.