A woman has come forward and claims to have been raped by Jacques in 1987.
Identified by only the initial “L”, she claims Jacques was arrested and convicted. “L” couldn't prove it because the public record of the case had disappeared and officials refused to talk about it.
“L” was 13 at the time and Jacques was 20. Jacques apparently had a history of luring troubled girls to his apartment with alcohol and drugs.
WCAX reports: In 1985, Jacques is charged with impregnating a 13-year-old family member. The state drops the charge because the victim refused to testify.
Two years later, in 1987, he rapes the woman we call L. He pleads guilty to a lesser charge and gets a deferred sentence. All records are sealed and unavailable.
Then in 1992, Jacques was convicted of kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old girl in Rutland.
He completed sex offender treatment. He remained on the registry but got off probation ahead of schedule. His probation officer told the judge Jacques was fully rehabilitated and a model prisoner.
But that probation officer and the judge could not know that Jacques had been convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct with L because all record of his arrest and conviction for that crime has been sealed by law. It took us two months to find out why. This week, sources told us Jacques received a deferred sentence under a plea agreement. And by law, if an offender stays clean on a deferred sentence, all public record of the case are supposedly obliterated.
Jacques is possibly facing the death penalty for the kidnap and murder of his niece, 12-year old Brooke Bennett. He will enter a plea of not guilty at today’s hearing.
Vermont’s sex offender treatment program obviously doesn’t work and Vermont better answer the wake-up call.
These are only the crimes we are aware of. How many others has Jacques possibly harmed? The trail of carnage and damage goods he has left in his wake may be far lengthier than we realize.
The death penalty may be too “kind” a punishment for this piece of scum.