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Jackson Charged

It was not immediately clear how the dates of the alleged acts related to the LA CPS investigation. The dates in the indictment are in February or March 2003.

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Michael Jackson was formally charged Thursday with lewd or lascivious acts in a case stemming from allegations he molested a cancer-stricken boy invited to his Neverland Ranch, setting the stage for what could become one of the most sensational celebrity trials this Internet-wired, 24-hour-cable world has ever seen.

The charging documents specified seven counts alleging violation of a statute involving lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under age 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.

The victim is identified as a "John Doe."

Update: MSNBC has the answers to my question.

NBC News learned Thursday that the most serious of the crimes Jackson is accused of are alleged to have happened after the accuser's mother signed an affidavit and videotaped a statement swearing nothing improper happened with her son.

According to sources, in late spring of this year, the alleged victim's mother went to an attorney to complain that her son told her he had been given wine in soda cans and pills by Jackson, was shown pornographic heterosexual videos on a computer and finally that the boy was touched inappropriately while the family was staying at the Neverland ranch.

Sources told NBC News the attorney, who had experience in molestation cases, sent the family to a psychologist who, after multiple visits, concluded the boy had been abused.

Four months after an initial Department of Children and Family Services investigation apparently cleared Jackson, on June 12-13, the attorney and doctor went back to DCFS in Los Angeles and were turned away. They then took the accusations to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney, who began the official investigation, which became public when sheriff's investigators raided Neverland last month.

According to sources close to prosecutors and the boy's family, this criminal case is different from the dropped 1990s case for one key reason -- there is a witness to the alleged abuse. The accuser's younger 12-year old brother says he was in the room.


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