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VT Prosecutor Argued Against Michael Jacques' Probation Release in 2004


When Michael Jacques came up for early release from probation, a prosecutor didn't think it was a good idea, telling a judge that as a twice-convicted sex offender, Jacques shouldn't go without supervision.

In the 2004 court proceeding, Deputy Orange County State's Attorney Robert DiBartolo told Judge Amy Davenport that Jacques' actions in a 1992 kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault were too brutal to allow him unbridled freedom.

A transcript of the hearing obtained Friday by the Associated Press shows that DiBartolo urged that Jacques be kept on probation, saying he was a twice-convicted sex offender that society had a right to want under supervision.

The hearing, which ultimately led to Jacques' release from probation in 2006, has received new attention since Jacques' arrest last week in the case of Brooke Bennett, 12, of Braintree.

Brooke disappeared June 25 and was found dead a week later. She had been killed, though authorities still haven't said how.

Jacques, 42, of Randolph, is charged with kidnapping the girl, who was his niece.

The Associated Press

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