PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Seven more potential victims have come forward with accusations against former Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper Tremaine Jackson, bringing the total to more than 15. 

Jackson is already facing dozens of charges after investigators said he tried to exploit female drivers for sexual favors during traffic stops.

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Jackson was arrested Sept. 10, 2019. DPS says the new tips came in the week following his arrest. DPS is now following up on with those potential victims.

[ORIGINAL STORY: DPS trooper arrested on 61 sex-related and kidnapping charges]

With her attorney by her side, Yesenia Jackson gave a silent show of support for her husband.

Her attorney, Kenneth Countryman, however, is vocal with his thoughts on the investigation.

"They just need to stop trying to smear his name and allow the process to take place,” said Countryman. “It's been rough for the family. His wife who's supportive of him. His 7 children. He has a lot of support out there. So it's been rough for him. "

Meanwhile, the attorneys representing two victims say it is because DPS has been open with the progress of their investigation that more people are coming forward.

“This guy was way too comfortable in what he was doing and why he was doing it that I would be really surprised if there were not more victims out there that haven’t come forward yet” said victims’ attorney, Jody Broaddus.

[WATCH: 7 more women accused DPS trooper of exploiting them during traffic stops]

The investigation into Jackson, 43, started on May 19, 2019, when a woman said Jackson made inappropriate comments to her during a traffic stop, DPS said.

Then on June 11, a second woman came forward and said Jackson made inappropriate comments and committed behavior that resulted in abuse, said DPS director Col. Frank Milstead.

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During the investigation, a total of eight victims were discovered, according to Milstead.

"We were horrified," said Milstead, when they found out about the claims.

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Jackson was put on administrative leave on June 11. He was later fired, according to DPS.

[RAW VIDEO: Ex-trooper accused of sexual misconduct appears before a judge]

All of the victims were women and were either stopped or cited by Jackson, Milstead said.

[WATCH: Trooper tried to exploit women for sexual favors, DPS says]

Milstead said that the oldest allegation stemmed from an instance that happened on Oct. 29, 2018.

"He was using his position of authority to extort sexual favors," Milstead said.

Jackson worked for DPS for 13 years and was most recently assigned to the Metro Motors District.

[VIDEO: Ex-DPS trooper arrested on 61 sex-related and kidnapping charges]

Jackson was booked on 61 counts including sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, sexual extortion, kidnapping, tampering with public records and forgery.

He is formally charged with more than 20 of those.

At that time, DPS already believed there could have been more possible victims. 

"I implore anyone who had contact to Trooper Jackson, who may have been affected by him, who may have been victimized either commentary or through physical action by Trooper Jackson to please come forward and let us know about your inappropriate experience," said Milstead. "It is now our job to respond appropriately."

When Jackson appeared in court on the morning of Sept. 11, his lawyer, David Cantor, stated that Jackson is a military veteran who takes care of seven kids.

The judge initially set a secured appearance bond of $150,000 for Jackson. His bond has since been lowered to $50,000.

Jackson remains in custody.

DPS says that its detectives are currently following up with those potential victims. And any other possible victims are urged to contact detectives at 602-223-2389 or azdps.gov/Jackson.

 


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