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Bracke guilty of arson; could get life

Arthur R. Bracke pled guilty on Wednesday, September 3, in Middlesex Circuit Court to arson of an occupied dwelling. Bracke admitted he set fire to the house he was living in at Wake on November 17, 2007. 

The charge of attempted first-degree murder against Bracke was continued to January 21, 2009. According to court documents, Bracke’s then 19-year-old adopted son was inside the house when the fire was set. The son escaped unharmed.

Judge William H. Shaw III will sentence Bracke, 62, on November 5 on the arson conviction, which carries a maximum of life in prison. 

Also on November 5 at 9:30 a.m., Bracke will be sentenced for six sexual felony convictions related to molesting a child under the age of 13. The jury recommended 34 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Bracke is also facing four felony sex charges involving another child who also is under the age of 13. A hearing on those charges is set for September 22.

Bracke was a child abuse investigator with the Middlesex Department of Social Services for 21 years before he retired in July 2007.

posted 09.03.2008

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