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updated 08.07.2008



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BREAKING NEWS: Art Bracke convicted

Art Bracke, a former child abuse investigator with the Middlesex Department of Social Services, was convicted by a Middlesex jury on Wednesday, August 6, on several sex-related charges involving an 11-year-old Middlesex boy in 2007.

The most serious convictions were two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The jury of eight women and four men recommended Bracke receive a sentence of 10 years in jail and $5,000 fine on each of these two counts.

The jury also recommended Bracke receive a total of an additional 14 years in jail on the following: two counts of abuse of a child with whom he maintained a custodial or supervisory relationship, one count of attempted aggravated sexual battery, and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a child with whom he maintained a custodial or supervisory relationship.

Bracke, 62, will be officially sentenced on November 5.

Bracke was a social worker/child abuse investigator with the Middlesex Department of Social Services from 1986 to 2007. He also operated a boys home from 1975 to 1985 in Middlesex and Newport News.

A date for Bracke’s sex-related trial involving a different boy has not been set.

Bracke also is charged with arson and attempted first degree murder for allegedly setting the house where he was living on fire on November 17, 2007. His 20-year-old adopted son was asleep inside the house when the fire occurred. This bench trial is set for September 3 at 1 p.m.

For more details on the Bracke trial and conviction, see the August 7 issue and upcoming August 14 issue of the Southside Sentinel.

posted 08.07.2008

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