Monday, July 14, 2008

Scumbag was let go, went back to what he did best

Ok, so this has been on the news a good bit lately. Basically, last year 12 year old Brooke Bennett vanished. The prime suspect, her uncle, has been arrested and charged with her kidnapping. Her body was found a week after her disappearance. Sad, tragic, and utterly reprehensible.

The primary problem, the person being charged with her kidnapping is a twice convicted sex offender who will most likely be charged with her murder once the lab results get back.

So why was this man walking free?

According to FOX News:
In 2004, with Kearney's recommendation, Judge Amy Davenport ruled that Jacques' probation end in 2006, as long as no violations occurred and despite strong objections from prosecutors.

"According to Mr. Jacques' probation officer, he is a 'probation success story,"' Davenport wrote in her order. "He is married and has a child. He and his wife own a home in which they reside. He has been very successful in his employment and is now in a position which entails significant responsibility."

But wait, it gets worse. Brooke was not the only one he was victimizing. According to the Boston Herald:
On June 29, before he was charged in Bennett’s disappearance, Jacques, 42, was charged with aggravated sexual assault in an unrelated case that police learned about while investigating the Bennett matter.

Investigators said he molested a girl over a five-year period, beginning when she was 9.

If true, that would mean he was molesting the girl at the time of the probation hearing.

A peek at his past according to the local Vermont news:

Jacques is a registered sex offender. He was arrested and convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault in 1993. State records show he completed a sex offender treatment program before he was released from state supervision in 2006.

From FOX News:
According to a police affidavit, in the 1992 case Jacques abducted the high school senior after she left a Barre bar, handcuffed her, put a rope around her neck and cloth in her mouth and forced her to engage in sex acts. He told her he had killed a girl in Arizona seven years earlier and at one point held a knife to the woman's throat, the affidavit said.

Davenport agreed with the state's assessment of the brutality involved, but disagreed with the state that he should spend another eight years on probation.

So I now ask, why was this man allowed to be free? Ever!

Since the Supreme Court recently ruled that the death penalty was not applicable in child rape cases, the next best option is life in prison. If this animal had been sentenced to a life term and kept in prison, he would have been unable to victimize at least 2 more people. If I were related to these girls, I would sue the state, the judge, the parole board, the sex offender program, and anyone else involved in his release. I would also make it my life's work to ensure that these kinds of animals weren't let out of prison, not just early, but ever.

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