Joesph Duncan – Repeat Sex Offender – Needs Impartial Jury


Setting the stage for what will, no doubt, be a difficult hearing — potential jurors in the death sentence hearing for Joseph Duncan were asked today if they could bear watching video of a child being sadistically and sexually abused.

That is a tough question! One that many potential jurors grappled with today and one that Duncan, himself, weighed in on.

The videos in question were made by confessed killer Joseph Duncan.

In May of 2005, he randomly chose and killed a Coeur d’Alene family.

His initial victims were Brenda Groene, her fiancé Mark McKenzie and her oldest son, Slade.

Duncan has confessed to the murders and to kidnapping the family’s two youngest children, 9-year old Dylan, and then 8-year-old Shasta.

He took the children to a remote campsite in Montana, where he later killed Dylan and videotaped his heinous crimes.

Calling it “ugly evidence,” U.S. Attorney Tom Moss asked potential jurors if they could watch videotapes and images of the “very sadistic child sexual abuse of Dylan Groene.”

One would-be juror said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. While he thought he could still be impartial, he was concerned about his ability to watch the videotapes.

Duncan came to the man’s defense. Acknowledging, “this video has the potential to victimize people,” said Duncan.

That potential juror and all but seven others were excused. Some for their inability to cope with the evidence, others who said they could never impose the death penalty and still others who said they could consider no other option than death for Duncan.

With seven potential jurors approved today — the total is now up to 40.

Nineteen more are needed before the selection process is narrowed even further to 12 jurors and three alternates.

Jury selection in this capital case will resume on Monday.

At the current pace, the hearing to determine whether Duncan lives or dies, could begin as early as next week.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

James Edward Green – Repeat Sex Offender – 35 years to life

“You deserve every minute of it,” the judge told the defendant. “This conduct is despicable. You’re the worst of the worst.”

Previous convictions include

  • PRIOR CODE-RAPE BY FORCE
  • SODOMY WITH PERSON UNDER 14 YEARS OR WITH FORCE
  • CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN/LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS


A registered sex offender who sexually assaulted two 15-year-old boys while holding them against their will on separate occasions at his City Heights apartment was sentenced Monday to 35 years to life in prison.

James Edward Green, 50, pleaded guilty June 17 to two counts of forced oral copulation and admitted a multiple-victim allegation and a 1980 conviction for committing a lewd act on a child. He agreed then to the stipulated sentence.

Superior Court Judge Frederick Maguire told the defendant that handing down life sentences normally weighs heavy on his mind, but it wasn’t a problem in Green’s case.

“You deserve every minute of it,” the judge told the defendant. “This conduct is despicable. You’re the worst of the worst.”


Maguire told Green that the damage he caused his victims would take a lifetime to get over.

For his part, Green apologized to his victims.

“I’m sorry about everything that happened,” the defendant said.

Green molested the two 15-year-olds last Oct. 1 and Oct. 5. According to an arrest warrant, the defendant offered one boy work and told the other he was an immigration officer.

Green took the teens to his 42nd Street apartment, where he locked them in overnight and sexually assaulted them.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

James Edward Green – Repeat Sex Offender – 35 years to life

“You deserve every minute of it,” the judge told the defendant. “This conduct is despicable. You’re the worst of the worst.”

Previous convictions include

  • PRIOR CODE-RAPE BY FORCE
  • SODOMY WITH PERSON UNDER 14 YEARS OR WITH FORCE
  • CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN/LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS


A registered sex offender who sexually assaulted two 15-year-old boys while holding them against their will on separate occasions at his City Heights apartment was sentenced Monday to 35 years to life in prison.

James Edward Green, 50, pleaded guilty June 17 to two counts of forced oral copulation and admitted a multiple-victim allegation and a 1980 conviction for committing a lewd act on a child. He agreed then to the stipulated sentence.

Superior Court Judge Frederick Maguire told the defendant that handing down life sentences normally weighs heavy on his mind, but it wasn’t a problem in Green’s case.

“You deserve every minute of it,” the judge told the defendant. “This conduct is despicable. You’re the worst of the worst.”


Maguire told Green that the damage he caused his victims would take a lifetime to get over.

For his part, Green apologized to his victims.

“I’m sorry about everything that happened,” the defendant said.

Green molested the two 15-year-olds last Oct. 1 and Oct. 5. According to an arrest warrant, the defendant offered one boy work and told the other he was an immigration officer.

Green took the teens to his 42nd Street apartment, where he locked them in overnight and sexually assaulted them.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

James Edward Green – Repeat Sex Offender – 35 years to life

“You deserve every minute of it,” the judge told the defendant. “This conduct is despicable. You’re the worst of the worst.”

Previous convictions include

  • PRIOR CODE-RAPE BY FORCE
  • SODOMY WITH PERSON UNDER 14 YEARS OR WITH FORCE
  • CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN/LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS


A registered sex offender who sexually assaulted two 15-year-old boys while holding them against their will on separate occasions at his City Heights apartment was sentenced Monday to 35 years to life in prison.

James Edward Green, 50, pleaded guilty June 17 to two counts of forced oral copulation and admitted a multiple-victim allegation and a 1980 conviction for committing a lewd act on a child. He agreed then to the stipulated sentence.

Superior Court Judge Frederick Maguire told the defendant that handing down life sentences normally weighs heavy on his mind, but it wasn’t a problem in Green’s case.

“You deserve every minute of it,” the judge told the defendant. “This conduct is despicable. You’re the worst of the worst.”


Maguire told Green that the damage he caused his victims would take a lifetime to get over.

For his part, Green apologized to his victims.

“I’m sorry about everything that happened,” the defendant said.

Green molested the two 15-year-olds last Oct. 1 and Oct. 5. According to an arrest warrant, the defendant offered one boy work and told the other he was an immigration officer.

Green took the teens to his 42nd Street apartment, where he locked them in overnight and sexually assaulted them.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Michael Jacques – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile murderer

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte


A funeral will be held for 12-year-old Brooke Marie Bennett on Wednesday at the Randolph Union High School in Randolph, Vt.

The viewing will be Tuesday evening at the same location.

Brooke would have turned 13 on July 12.

Her body was found last Wednesday in a shallow grave in Randolph, a week after she was last seen on a convenience store video walking out of the store.

Brooke’s uncle Michael Jacques has been charged with kidnapping. Police have not released a cause of death.

An obituary for Brooke in Saturday’s Barre-Montpelier Times Argus says she loved her cat Lily and her dog Scruffy and liked to eat bagels, popcorn and spaghetti.

At first, Brooke’s disappearance appeared to be a story of an abduction by an Internet predator who befriended the Braintree girl through her MySpace page.

But now prosecutors charge her abduction was planned by an uncle with a history of sex crimes who used Brooke’s MySpace page and a series of e-mails he sent using aliases to plan her abduction while deflecting attention from himself.

A 14-year-old girl, known in court papers as Juvenile 1, last saw Brooke alive when she was going upstairs with Jacques, 42, in his Randolph home on June 25, after Brooke was dropped off at a convenience store.

Juvenile 1 told police it was her understanding that Brooke was to be initiated into a “program for sex” that Juvenile 1 had been involved with since she was 9 years old.

A week later, Brooke’s body was found buried about a mile from Jacques’ house.

Police and prosecutors haven’t released the cause of Brooke’s death, they haven’t said she was murdered nor have they offered a motive for the kidnapping. But the federal kidnapping charge against Jacques carries with it a possible death sentence.

The investigation continues, but officials said Thursday they knew of no other victims of what was once feared to be a sex ring.

“This is the type of investigation where we are following every single lead,” Vermont U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson said at a news conference in Burlington. “Wherever it takes us, wherever the facts take us, is where we will go.”

Neither the Vermont State Police nor FBI released any information on the case Friday, the Independence Day holiday.

Another defendant in the case, Raymond Gagnon, 40, of San Antonio, Brooke’s former stepfather, was charged on Wednesday with obstructing justice in the case. The FBI says he had his roommate in Texas throw out a computer believed to contain child pornography as well as images of Juvenile 1 having sex with her underage boyfriend.

A court affidavit by an FBI agent investigating the case said Jacques and Gagnon had several lengthy telephone conversations in the hours after Brooke was reported missing late on June 25 and early June 26.

Brooke’s disappearance sent a chill through Vermont when police issued the state’s first Amber Alert. A video from the convenience store showed Brooke and Jacques together and then going in separate directions after leaving the store.

At first, state police called it a MySpace case, believing that Brooke had met with someone she had befriended online and then lied to her family about her plans that day to meet a friend in Randolph and visit a hospitalized relative of that friend.

Now prosecutors say it was Jacques who provided police the story about the meeting and that he and Juvenile 1 picked Brooke up in Randolph and took her to Jacques’ home. Jacques also found one of Brooke’s shoes near a small lake in Brookfield and planted pieces of her clothing nearby that were later found by police, investigators said.

E-mails in the court documents released Thursday described how Juvenile 1 helped Jacques plant some of the false evidence, prosecutors said. Jacques coached Juvenile 1 on obtaining and preserving semen from her boyfriend to be placed on a pair of Brooke’s underwear, to throw investigators off the trail.

Jacques has a history of sex crimes dating to 1985 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl about 100 times. Prosecutors eventually dismissed that case.

In 1993, Jacques was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping. An affidavit in the case said Jacques tied up the victim and threatened to kill her while he sexually assaulted her.

He was sentenced to six to 20-years in prison, but he was released early because of the Department of Corrections’ “good time” policy in effect at the time.

Brooke’s father Jim Bennett and her stepmother Janet said they knew of Jacques’ history as a sex offender, but he never saw any signs of trouble when Brooke and her uncle were together at family gatherings.

“That’s not something you tell a little girl,” Janet Bennett told the Valley News of Lebanon, N.H. “She was just a beautiful little girl.”

Jim Bennett said parents needed to keep a close eye on their children, even around family because, “It’s not just strangers you’ve got to watch out for.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Jacques – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile murderer

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte


A funeral will be held for 12-year-old Brooke Marie Bennett on Wednesday at the Randolph Union High School in Randolph, Vt.

The viewing will be Tuesday evening at the same location.

Brooke would have turned 13 on July 12.

Her body was found last Wednesday in a shallow grave in Randolph, a week after she was last seen on a convenience store video walking out of the store.

Brooke’s uncle Michael Jacques has been charged with kidnapping. Police have not released a cause of death.

An obituary for Brooke in Saturday’s Barre-Montpelier Times Argus says she loved her cat Lily and her dog Scruffy and liked to eat bagels, popcorn and spaghetti.

At first, Brooke’s disappearance appeared to be a story of an abduction by an Internet predator who befriended the Braintree girl through her MySpace page.

But now prosecutors charge her abduction was planned by an uncle with a history of sex crimes who used Brooke’s MySpace page and a series of e-mails he sent using aliases to plan her abduction while deflecting attention from himself.

A 14-year-old girl, known in court papers as Juvenile 1, last saw Brooke alive when she was going upstairs with Jacques, 42, in his Randolph home on June 25, after Brooke was dropped off at a convenience store.

Juvenile 1 told police it was her understanding that Brooke was to be initiated into a “program for sex” that Juvenile 1 had been involved with since she was 9 years old.

A week later, Brooke’s body was found buried about a mile from Jacques’ house.

Police and prosecutors haven’t released the cause of Brooke’s death, they haven’t said she was murdered nor have they offered a motive for the kidnapping. But the federal kidnapping charge against Jacques carries with it a possible death sentence.

The investigation continues, but officials said Thursday they knew of no other victims of what was once feared to be a sex ring.

“This is the type of investigation where we are following every single lead,” Vermont U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson said at a news conference in Burlington. “Wherever it takes us, wherever the facts take us, is where we will go.”

Neither the Vermont State Police nor FBI released any information on the case Friday, the Independence Day holiday.

Another defendant in the case, Raymond Gagnon, 40, of San Antonio, Brooke’s former stepfather, was charged on Wednesday with obstructing justice in the case. The FBI says he had his roommate in Texas throw out a computer believed to contain child pornography as well as images of Juvenile 1 having sex with her underage boyfriend.

A court affidavit by an FBI agent investigating the case said Jacques and Gagnon had several lengthy telephone conversations in the hours after Brooke was reported missing late on June 25 and early June 26.

Brooke’s disappearance sent a chill through Vermont when police issued the state’s first Amber Alert. A video from the convenience store showed Brooke and Jacques together and then going in separate directions after leaving the store.

At first, state police called it a MySpace case, believing that Brooke had met with someone she had befriended online and then lied to her family about her plans that day to meet a friend in Randolph and visit a hospitalized relative of that friend.

Now prosecutors say it was Jacques who provided police the story about the meeting and that he and Juvenile 1 picked Brooke up in Randolph and took her to Jacques’ home. Jacques also found one of Brooke’s shoes near a small lake in Brookfield and planted pieces of her clothing nearby that were later found by police, investigators said.

E-mails in the court documents released Thursday described how Juvenile 1 helped Jacques plant some of the false evidence, prosecutors said. Jacques coached Juvenile 1 on obtaining and preserving semen from her boyfriend to be placed on a pair of Brooke’s underwear, to throw investigators off the trail.

Jacques has a history of sex crimes dating to 1985 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl about 100 times. Prosecutors eventually dismissed that case.

In 1993, Jacques was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping. An affidavit in the case said Jacques tied up the victim and threatened to kill her while he sexually assaulted her.

He was sentenced to six to 20-years in prison, but he was released early because of the Department of Corrections’ “good time” policy in effect at the time.

Brooke’s father Jim Bennett and her stepmother Janet said they knew of Jacques’ history as a sex offender, but he never saw any signs of trouble when Brooke and her uncle were together at family gatherings.

“That’s not something you tell a little girl,” Janet Bennett told the Valley News of Lebanon, N.H. “She was just a beautiful little girl.”

Jim Bennett said parents needed to keep a close eye on their children, even around family because, “It’s not just strangers you’ve got to watch out for.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Jacques – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile murderer

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte


A funeral will be held for 12-year-old Brooke Marie Bennett on Wednesday at the Randolph Union High School in Randolph, Vt.

The viewing will be Tuesday evening at the same location.

Brooke would have turned 13 on July 12.

Her body was found last Wednesday in a shallow grave in Randolph, a week after she was last seen on a convenience store video walking out of the store.

Brooke’s uncle Michael Jacques has been charged with kidnapping. Police have not released a cause of death.

An obituary for Brooke in Saturday’s Barre-Montpelier Times Argus says she loved her cat Lily and her dog Scruffy and liked to eat bagels, popcorn and spaghetti.

At first, Brooke’s disappearance appeared to be a story of an abduction by an Internet predator who befriended the Braintree girl through her MySpace page.

But now prosecutors charge her abduction was planned by an uncle with a history of sex crimes who used Brooke’s MySpace page and a series of e-mails he sent using aliases to plan her abduction while deflecting attention from himself.

A 14-year-old girl, known in court papers as Juvenile 1, last saw Brooke alive when she was going upstairs with Jacques, 42, in his Randolph home on June 25, after Brooke was dropped off at a convenience store.

Juvenile 1 told police it was her understanding that Brooke was to be initiated into a “program for sex” that Juvenile 1 had been involved with since she was 9 years old.

A week later, Brooke’s body was found buried about a mile from Jacques’ house.

Police and prosecutors haven’t released the cause of Brooke’s death, they haven’t said she was murdered nor have they offered a motive for the kidnapping. But the federal kidnapping charge against Jacques carries with it a possible death sentence.

The investigation continues, but officials said Thursday they knew of no other victims of what was once feared to be a sex ring.

“This is the type of investigation where we are following every single lead,” Vermont U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson said at a news conference in Burlington. “Wherever it takes us, wherever the facts take us, is where we will go.”

Neither the Vermont State Police nor FBI released any information on the case Friday, the Independence Day holiday.

Another defendant in the case, Raymond Gagnon, 40, of San Antonio, Brooke’s former stepfather, was charged on Wednesday with obstructing justice in the case. The FBI says he had his roommate in Texas throw out a computer believed to contain child pornography as well as images of Juvenile 1 having sex with her underage boyfriend.

A court affidavit by an FBI agent investigating the case said Jacques and Gagnon had several lengthy telephone conversations in the hours after Brooke was reported missing late on June 25 and early June 26.

Brooke’s disappearance sent a chill through Vermont when police issued the state’s first Amber Alert. A video from the convenience store showed Brooke and Jacques together and then going in separate directions after leaving the store.

At first, state police called it a MySpace case, believing that Brooke had met with someone she had befriended online and then lied to her family about her plans that day to meet a friend in Randolph and visit a hospitalized relative of that friend.

Now prosecutors say it was Jacques who provided police the story about the meeting and that he and Juvenile 1 picked Brooke up in Randolph and took her to Jacques’ home. Jacques also found one of Brooke’s shoes near a small lake in Brookfield and planted pieces of her clothing nearby that were later found by police, investigators said.

E-mails in the court documents released Thursday described how Juvenile 1 helped Jacques plant some of the false evidence, prosecutors said. Jacques coached Juvenile 1 on obtaining and preserving semen from her boyfriend to be placed on a pair of Brooke’s underwear, to throw investigators off the trail.

Jacques has a history of sex crimes dating to 1985 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl about 100 times. Prosecutors eventually dismissed that case.

In 1993, Jacques was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping. An affidavit in the case said Jacques tied up the victim and threatened to kill her while he sexually assaulted her.

He was sentenced to six to 20-years in prison, but he was released early because of the Department of Corrections’ “good time” policy in effect at the time.

Brooke’s father Jim Bennett and her stepmother Janet said they knew of Jacques’ history as a sex offender, but he never saw any signs of trouble when Brooke and her uncle were together at family gatherings.

“That’s not something you tell a little girl,” Janet Bennett told the Valley News of Lebanon, N.H. “She was just a beautiful little girl.”

Jim Bennett said parents needed to keep a close eye on their children, even around family because, “It’s not just strangers you’ve got to watch out for.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Harold Riffel – Repeat Sex Offender Caught Luring Girl


A registered sex offender has been arrested after trying to lure an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle, according to Hamilton police.

Michael Harold Riffel, 55, of the 1500 block of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Sunday, June 22, and charged with criminal child enticement, according to police records.

Police said Riffel was driving his truck on South 12th Street when he approached an 11-year-old girl stating, “Get into my car or I’ll hurt you.”

Riffel is a “Tier III” sex offender, meaning that he must register his address and place of employment with police every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Riffel was released from prison in August 2006 after serving more than 20 years for violating parole on a rape conviction, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections. Riffel was convicted of raping a female victim in 1980, then violated conditions of his parole in 1983 by committing gross sexual imposition, according to ODC records.

In February, Riffel failed to notify the Butler County Sheriff’s Office of a change of address, according to court records.

Riffel is being held in the Butler County Jail on $15,041 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Friday, June 27, in Hamilton Municipal Court.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Michael Harold Riffel – Repeat Sex Offender Caught Luring Girl


A registered sex offender has been arrested after trying to lure an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle, according to Hamilton police.

Michael Harold Riffel, 55, of the 1500 block of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Sunday, June 22, and charged with criminal child enticement, according to police records.

Police said Riffel was driving his truck on South 12th Street when he approached an 11-year-old girl stating, “Get into my car or I’ll hurt you.”

Riffel is a “Tier III” sex offender, meaning that he must register his address and place of employment with police every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Riffel was released from prison in August 2006 after serving more than 20 years for violating parole on a rape conviction, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections. Riffel was convicted of raping a female victim in 1980, then violated conditions of his parole in 1983 by committing gross sexual imposition, according to ODC records.

In February, Riffel failed to notify the Butler County Sheriff’s Office of a change of address, according to court records.

Riffel is being held in the Butler County Jail on $15,041 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Friday, June 27, in Hamilton Municipal Court.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Michael Harold Riffel – Repeat Sex Offender Caught Luring Girl


A registered sex offender has been arrested after trying to lure an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle, according to Hamilton police.

Michael Harold Riffel, 55, of the 1500 block of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Sunday, June 22, and charged with criminal child enticement, according to police records.

Police said Riffel was driving his truck on South 12th Street when he approached an 11-year-old girl stating, “Get into my car or I’ll hurt you.”

Riffel is a “Tier III” sex offender, meaning that he must register his address and place of employment with police every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Riffel was released from prison in August 2006 after serving more than 20 years for violating parole on a rape conviction, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections. Riffel was convicted of raping a female victim in 1980, then violated conditions of his parole in 1983 by committing gross sexual imposition, according to ODC records.

In February, Riffel failed to notify the Butler County Sheriff’s Office of a change of address, according to court records.

Riffel is being held in the Butler County Jail on $15,041 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Friday, June 27, in Hamilton Municipal Court.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte