Thursday, July 3, 2008


Michael Stephen Jacques, 42, faces federal kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of his niece, 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. The girl's body was recovered Wednesday night. Her case triggered the first Amber Alert in Vermont history and may have involved an organized sex ring and premeditated attack. (Stefan Hard, Times Argus/AP Photo)

A State Trooper stands guard at the end of Crocker Road in Randolph, N.H., Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Police have moved their command post from the home of Michael Jacques to a sugar house on Crocker Road as they search for a missing 12-year-old girl who has been missing since June 25, 2008. Federal officials say in court papers that Jacques, the girl's uncle, brought her home and took her upstairs to have sex her and she has not been seen since. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Vermont State Police Col. James Baker announces they have found a body they believe is 12-year-old Brooke Bennett who has been missing since June 25, 2008 in Bethel, N.H., Wednesday, July 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

E-mails Reveal Suspect's Perverted Plot
Uncle of Missing Vermont Girl Found Dead Allegedly Enlisted Teen Lover as Accomplice
By DAVID SCHOETZJuly 3, 2008

The man suspected in the death of Brooke Bennett and his teenage lover plotted together for weeks to abduct the 12-year-old Vermont girl so that she could be initiated into an organized sex ring, according to shocking federal court documents released today.

Court papers also suggest that Michael Jacques, Bennett's 42-year-old uncle who is charged with her kidnapping, may have been preparing for the likelihood that the girl would never return home.

Jacques allegedly took steps before Bennett's abduction to lure police into thinking that she had gone to meet someone she had been corresponding with online. And before Bennett's disappearance, Jacques instructed his 14-year-old female accomplice to collect semen from her boyfriend, which was later planted near Bennett's torn underwear.

The revelations, outlined in a federal criminal complaint, came a day after Vermont State Police discovered Bennett's body in a shallow grave near Jacques' Vermont home. Her disappearance had triggered the state's first Amber Alert.

Federal prosecutors allege that Jacques used a pair of online identities to manipulate his young accomplice into thinking she was working with several men who were planning to initiate Bennett into a secret sex training program called "Breckenridge."

The unnamed girl, who is a minor, repeatedly expressed her willingness to help lure Bennett into Jacques' clutches and to help subdue Bennett if necessary, according to a stream of e-mails released by investigators.


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