There’s only been one winner in the case of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett and her killer and uncle Michael Jacques. It’s definitely not Brooke after being kidnapped, raped and killed by Jacques, a sex offender who was released early after completing a ‘program’. It’s not Jacques either as he’s going to do a life sentence in federal prison. No, the only winner here is Jacques’ anti-death penalty defense attorney David Ruhnke.
Runhke not only held up the trial for years with his anti-death penalty arguments but he got the federal prosecutors and Jacques to agree to a life sentence plea. Now he’s even topped himself by getting a federal judge to agree to send Jacques to a prison in Tucson, Arizona, that has a prison population of 65% sex offenders. Your tax dollars at work. The point being that in any other prison Jacques would be a target by other non-child rapist prisoners.
Once again the rights of the criminal have become more important than the rights of the victim, or justice for that matter.
Family confronts Jacques as killer sentenced to life:
It’s been six long years since Michael Jacques brutally raped and murdered his 12-year-old niece, Brooke Bennett. While it hasn’t come to the conclusion I would have hoped it has finally come to a conclusion. After being called a coward by Brooke’s mother when she gave her impact statement to the court Jacques was sentenced to life in prison plus 70 years with no possibility of parole. While Vermont has no death penalty Jacques was looking at a federal death penalty since he used MySpace and the internet to lure Brooke to her death. Last August Jacques pleaded guilty in a move which saw him spared the death penalty.
In a statement at his sentencing Jacques said he was sorry and ashamed. Probably only sorry and ashamed that he got caught.
Jacques was also a registered sex offender who was released early for completing a ‘program’.
Maybe Brooke’s spirit can finally get some peace.
UPDATE: Nanny recorded himself raping child, deputies say:
Daniel Vincent Colarusso
28-year-old Daniel Vincent Colarusso is accused of allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl from Pasco County, Florida. He advertised his services as a nanny on craigslist and a Pasco County woman responded leaving her 4-year-old daughter in his care while she worked. Instead of caring for the girl police say that Colarusso repeatedly raped the girl.
Police say that he also recorded himself raping the girl on his phone. His former landlady is said to have found the SD card where the images were contained.
I realize how hard it can be for single parents to find child care however I implore you to stop looking on craigslist for it. With the low threshold of entry and the perceived notion of anonymity on craigslist it’s just crawling with predators in all sections.
If you won’t listen to me will you listen to the police?
“Finding a babysitter on Craigslist is a bad idea,” Sheriff Nocco said.
Bobbi Sue Pack
Child’s email leads to arrests:
Again I have to apologize for sitting on a story that’s over a week old.
In Wheelersburg, Ohio police have arrested 31-year-old Bobbi Sue Pack. her mother 52-year-old Edwina Louis, and Pack’s boyfriend, 44-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez. The trio have been accused of keeping three of Pack’s four children, ages 11, 9 and 8, chained to their beds and beating them with whips and paddles while also depriving them of food. Sanchez has also been charged with allegedly raping some of the children. None of the charges involve the youngest child, age 2. I guess they must have a sign in their house that says “You must be this tall to be chained, beaten, raped and starved.”
Police were tipped off when one of the kids e-mailed their teacher at their virtual school. Basically the kids were being home schooled and were only released from their bindings to do their lessons on the computer. Once again home schooling is used as a cover for child abuse. Now I’m not saying that all home schoolers are child abusers. I’m not even saying that a majority of them are. However there are too many people who use it as a form of child abuse camouflage. You can see more of my take on that here.
Also I always find it bizarre how groups of people like this, can get together and think that this is an acceptable form of parenting. Seriously, is there some hidden section of Match.com where these freaks find each other?
This also reminds me of a story from almost 10 years ago that took place in Ohio where a family, whose name escapes me at this time, kept their foster kids in a series of elaborate wooden cages. I’m really beginning to think that Ohio and Michigan are battling it out to see who can be the Florida of the Midwest.
It’s too bad these scumbags can’t be shackled top their cots while their cell doors are left open. That would be justice.
Thanks to Helen for the tip.
Craigslist nanny from University Place accused of raping children:
Craigslist nanny accused of child rape:
26-year-old Jonathan Michael Harris of University Place, Washington, advertised his services on craigslist as a nanny. He’s also been arrested for allegedly raping multiple children. This should not be a shock to anyone.
One mother who hired Harris says that Harris touched her son’s genitals and showed him explicit pictures from his cell phone. That mother went to the woman who recommended Harris to her. She went to her 8 year-old son and asked him about Harris and the boy said that Harris took him to a ‘naked party’ with other children.
Police searched Harris’ home and allegedly found multiple images of child porn including pictures of the 8-year-old.
I’m not trying to blame the victims’ mothers here but why would anybody hire a male nanny off of craigslist off all places? You might as well just pick a name at random off the sex offender registry and have better luck. Are people out there so ignorant to the world around them that they still believe craigslist isn’t rife with child molesters?
It shouldn’t take the rapes of children for this to become common knowledge.
Vt. Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping, Killing Niece:
Yesterday registered sex offender Michael Jacques pleaded guilty to the 2008 kidnapping, rape and murder of his then 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett and the subsequent cover-up. As I posted before this was all done sp Jacques could avoid a federal death sentence. That’s all this story has really been all about ever since Jacques anti-death penalty lawyers got involved. For years they delayed justice for Brooke all to prove a point about the death penalty. While this should feel like a victory it doesn’t. Let’s hear from Jacques’ lawyer…
“We just think this was a fair and enlightened way to resolve this case,” his attorney, David Ruhnke, said afterward.
All this was to him was a challenge to see if he could get one of the most heinous criminals in the country out of a death sentence. In my opinion he didn’t care about Jacques and he sure as hell didn’t care about Brooke. All that Ruhnke cared about was a high-profile deal that made him look good.
He won. Justice didn’t.
Feds call off death penalty in Jacques case:
Friday: Jacques to Plead Guilty in Death of 12-Year-Old Niece:
It’s been five years since the brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of 12=year-old Brooke Bennett by her sex offender uncle Michael Jacques in Vermont. After all the legal wrangling, delays and outright sheer arrogance of Michael Jacques’ anti-death penalty defense team it seems that a conclusion is finally at hand. Not the conclusion I was hoping for but a conclusion nonetheless.
Vermont has no death penalty however prosecutors alleged that since Jacques used MySpace and the internet not only to contrive and try to cover up his crime that this constituted interstate communication making him eligible for the federal death penalty. Now, according to reports, a plea deal is in the works where Jacques will plead guilty and will be sentenced to life without parole and will waive any appeals. It seems that this deal was made after Jacques high-profile anti-death penalty lawyers requested the deal from US Attorney General Eric Holder.
While I’m glad that the end of this ordeal for Brooke’s family is more than likely coming to a close I am disappointed that Jacques is escaping the needle. That’s all his lawyers ever wanted and Eric Holder has given it to them. For them this is a victory.
No date has been set for when Jacques will enter his plea. If history is any indicator in this case nothing is definite.
This doesn’t feel like justice, it feels more like appeasement.
Teen who raped and murdered girl, 5, gets life without parole:
In July of 2010 a then 16-year-old Dustin Wallace was arrested for the murder and rape of 5-year-old Sahara Dwight. Wallace’s father was visiting Sahara’s mother when the murder and rape took place in Roseburg, Oregon. As I’ve reluctantly posted before Wallace killed Sahara before raping her.
Wallace’s defense stated that he suffered from Aspereger’s and that if he was on his meds at the time he would not have committed these atrocities. As I’ve said many times before Asperger’s does not limit your ability to tell the difference between right and wrong. If Wallace didn’t know what he did was wrong he wouldn’t have tried to lie to investigators.
So far in my recollection Asperger’s has never been used successfully as a murder defense and it shouldn’t be. There are many people who legitimately have Asperger’s who would all be thought as prospective killers if a defense like that was to ever succeed.
Wallace was charged as an adult and was convicted back in June. This past week Wallace was sentenced to life without parole. I’m sure some people may think that this is an overly harsh sentence, those people are fools. Wallace is a monster and at the very least should be caged like one.
Man is accused of crossing state line for sex with teen:
Man accused of taking Hammond girl to Illinois for sex:
Carey Ray, aka Carey West, aka Carey Tyrone-West, (age unknown but we’ll get to that) has been arrested for allegedly taking a 14-year-old special education girl to Illinois for ‘sex’. (We’ll get to that too.)
Ray allegedly met the girl on MeetMe and the pair exchanged hundreds of texts. The girl’s mom finally discovered one of the texts and forbade her from meeting Ray. The girl sent a text back to Ray saying she couldn’t see him because “You know everything. I am 14.”
Apparently that wasn’t enough to stop ray because 3 days later he picked the girl up and took her to a motel in Illinois. Here’s what happened according to one of the articles…
Ray then gave her marijuana and alcohol. After about an hour, he started to undress her. When she objected, he told her he had paid for the room and wanted to use it. He then held her down and had sex with her without a condom, despite the girl trying to fight him off, the affidavit claims.
Held her down and ‘had sex’ huh? After she said no? Last time I checked that meets the definition of rape not ‘had sex’. Neither article mentions the word rape. When as a society we keep referring to rape, or in this case child rape, as having sex it makes the act of rape seem more acceptable by our culture. Words matter.
Also it doesn’t matter what his age is. From 18 to 80 it’s illegal to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. If he’s 16 or 17 he raped a girl, allegedly, which is still against the law. And for those people who say “Well she went with the guy to a motel what did she think would happen?”, first you’re an idiot, secondly the girl is mentally challenged by all accounts, third the girl supposedly said no, if it doesn’t end there it’s rape, lastly you’re an idiot.
Charge: Online pimp rented out, raped runaway girl:
29-year-old David J. Anderson of Yakima, Washington has not only been charged in King County for allegedly prostituting a 14-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com but he’s also been charged with raping the girl as well.
When Anderson was arrested by the King County Sheriff’s Office he allegedly used the “I thought she was 19″ defense when Sheriffs say that the girl obviously appears to be underage.
First I have to commend the Seattle Post Intelligencer for not only using the word rape in their headline and article but also using the word rent in their headline. That’s was sex trafficking comes down to, rent and rape. Not only do these pimps and traffickers usually rape the girls that work for them but they also rent them out to be raped by anyone willing to fork over the cash.
But continue being part of the ‘solution’ Backpage, you’re doing a hell of a job.