• Dad learned Jacques' name was on sex-offender list
    August 26,2013

    The Associated Press

    BETHEL - The father of a 12-year-old girl who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted and killed by her uncle says he had seen the suspect's name on Vermont's sex-offender registry in the mid-2000s.

    Jim Bennett told the Burlington Free Press he tried in vain to discourage his daughter, Brooke Bennett, from visiting Michael Jacques' home.

    Bennett said he found Jacques' name when he was a Bethel constable and received training about sex crimes at the Vermont Police Academy.

    Jacques was put on the registry following a 1993 conviction for aggravated sexual assault involving a female coworker at a West Rutland pizza business.

    Jacques is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from the 2008 death of Brooke Bennett in exchange for a sentence of life in prison.

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