Police in Vermont have all but named Brooke Bennett’s uncle, Michael Jacques, as a suspect in Brooke’s disappearance. Police have searched his property and have ordered helicopter searches of the area. This was this afternoon and I have not heard any updates as it regards to the search.
As far as Jacques is concerned he’s no harmless guy who got put on the sex offender registry because he got caught with a 17-year-old. The most recent charge that Jacques has been jailed for sexually assaulting a relative over a 5 year period starting when she was 9.
In an affidavit released afterward, Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. William Jenkins said the girl told police that when she was 9 or 10, she was told — in a telephone call and in a note left under her pillow — that she had been selected for enrollment in a “program for sex” and that Jacques was to be her trainer.
“The first who does it lives and the second gets her throat cut,” she told police, according to the affidavit.
The victim stated he had other victims as well.
In 1993 Jacques landed on the sex offender registry for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor.
There’s just too many coincidents here in my opinion.
The uncle of missing Vermont girl Brooke Bennett has been arrested.
42-year-old Michael Jacques was arrested on sexual assault charges that are not related to Brooke’s disappearance. Police uncovered the assault while investigating Brooke’s disappearance. Jacques is a registered sex offender stemming from a kidnapping and sexual assault from 1993.
To make matters worse Jacques and Brooke were seen on surveillance footage at the mini mart together the day she disappeared.
This is the best article yet that I’ve read on the problem of child prostitution on craigslist. I’m not going to quote the meat of the article because this is one of those articles that needs to be read in its entirety.
However I will quote a part where craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster thinks he’s part of the solution instead of part of the problem…
Craigslist executives said they abhor the fact that their site is being used for child prostitution but believe that the problem could be harder to track if they removed the category.
“It would be a bigger problem if we removed that category and had those ads spread throughout the site,” said Jim Buckmaster, chief executive officer of Craigslist.
Really Jim? If you shut down the erotic services section of craigslist where would these ads go? Used cars? Furniture? Pets? Real Estate? You mean the places where people who don’t use hookers would actually see the ads and actually flag them? Horrors, we can’t have that now can we Jim?
Prostitution and child prostitution is on the rise because of craigslist. Yes there are other sites out there that cater to this kind of depravity but in my opinion craigslist is the #1 offender. What’s it going to take Jim before you eliminate the erotic services section? I mean there have already been rapes, robberies, and shootings.
For a website that flaunts how socially responsible it is it doesn’t seem to be putting its words into action.
36-year-old Colby Watson, his girlfriend 23-year-old Lindsey J. McKeehan, and 50-year-old Douglas A. Winberry, all from Idaho, have been arrested on charges of having sex with a girl under the age of 16 and for prostituting her out on craigslist.
Police said they received a tip on June 19 that Winberry had pictures of the girl in various sexual poses. A search of his home produced evidence he had sex with the girl and that he advertised her for prostitution on Craigslist, police said.
The investigation led to photo and video evidence of Watson and McKeehan engaging in sexual acts with the girl, and evidence that they also advertised the girl on Craigslist for prostitution, police said.
Alas no mugshots. I’d be curious to see what this freakshow looked like. I bet it wasn’t pretty.
So a girl under 16 is molested, photographed, and pimped out yet some people would like you to believe that she’s not a victim.
One of the suspects in the Victoria Lindsay has had her statements to an assistant state attorney released to the press. 15-year-old Kayla Hassel seems to be claiming that she’s a victim.
She talks about how she was mad and felt bad after she saw the video after her release and how she’s had unwanted attention because of it. She also claims that it was never anyone’s intention to post the video to MySpace or YouTube. Right, what else do kids do with videos like this?
Hassel also turns on Brittani Hardcastle by saying it was Hardcastle that was encouraging others to beat Victoria. She also said that she was afraid of getting between the two because of how little she is.
I guess she thinks it’s all about her. Just like the rest of them.
The suspect in the plot to attack Newington High School in Connecticut was sentenced yesterday. Frank Fechteler was given a sentence of 12 years behind bars that will be suspended after 3 and 5 years probation.
The article goes into detail about how Fechteler and his attorney talk about how it was “the old Frank” that was capable of crimes like this but “the new Frank” is much different. On the stand Fechteler even said he’ll never commit another crime again.
That kind of reminds me about the movie Strangeland when Dee Snider’s character claims that he’s been rehabilitated only to kill again.
New Frank and old Frank are the same Frank in my opinion.
If you’ve been following my sites for some time you may remember a story I posted here about a couple of so-called parents who left their baby in his car seat in his crib for eight days and starved him to death.If I remember correctly the young ‘parents’ were too busy playing video games to feed their own child. After eight days the baby starved to death.
Originally prosecutors stated that they were going to seek the death penalty for 21-year-old Tracy Hermann and 23-year-old James Sargent.
Unfortunately that has not come to be and more than likely will not happen.
Peoria County State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons said too many pitfalls exist to make the death penalty a realistic option, including Tracy Hermann and James Sargent’s mental health issues and the fact that they are blaming each other for the boy’s death.
‘Instead, I’ll seek to make them live in the general populations of the Stateville, Pontiac and Menard prisons, each day, every day,’ Lyons said.
‘When it is all over, I expect their names and their existence here to be forgotten while they are shuffled off to prison … to remain forgotten, unimportant, and away from the free world that they so (selfishly) took from the baby they decided to make … and then leave to literally cry itself to death.’
That’s my kind of prosecutor.
Sargent is said to be using a mental history defense while Hermann claims ‘she was simply not interested in parenting.’
Maybe they should have thought of that before these to dirtbags decided to do the horizontal hokey pokey. Not only that but there’s this thing called giving a baby up for adoption. Maybe you should have looked into that.
A New York City politician has called on the NYPD to crack down on craigslist’s erotic services section. City Councilman Eric Gioia called a press conference yesterday likening craigslist to the wild west.
What used to happen on seedy street corners and brothels has moved to the Internet,”
Gioia and his staff conducted an investigation of the top 100 listings on the erotic services section for about three weeks and found that 85 percent of the ads seemed to be advertising illicit activities. The councilman said some of the ads used vague wording to offer paid sexual acts, such as “companionship” for “a generous donation.”
“They’re pretty obvious,” Gioia said. “It’s high time that law enforcement in New York take a hard look at what’s happening.”
The NYPD had no response and craigslist had their usual ‘we’re doing everything to help law enforcement except taking the erotic services section down’ excuse…
A Craigslist spokeswoman said the site recently implemented new measures that reduced the number of erotic services ads by 80 percent, and other improvements have eliminated a high percentage of other objectionable content.
“The misuse of Craigslist for illegal purposes is completely unacceptable to us and we are continuously devising new means of detecting and blocking such activity,” spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best said in an e-mailed statement.
Again, if it was so unacceptable they’d do away with the section.