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Habitual Sex Offender Convicted for Child Sexual Assault

DATE:  August 25, 2017

CASE:  Lionel Phillip Jacques (Case #16FE001361)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Bruce Chang, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit

Lionel Phillip Jacques pled no contest to three counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age.  Jacques also admitted to five prior lewd acts upon a child strike convictions and to a habitual sex offender allegation.

In 1986, Jacques was convicted of five child sexual assault charges in San Diego County.  In that case, Jacques was a youth minister and victimized a member of his congregation for several years.  Starting in 1996, Jacques sexually assaulted male relatives in multiple counties, including Sacramento County.  Those assaults were discovered when Jacques dropped a memory (SD) card at his place of employment.  When security workers examined the SD card to determine ownership, they found multiple images of child pornography and turned the card over to law enforcement.  Detectives with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit searched Jacques’ digital devices and found images of Jacques sexually assaulting a victim.

Jacques faces a maximum sentence of 240 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for September 22, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 32 before the Honorable Emily Vasquez.

 

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