UPDATE on Arthur R. Bracke..
MIDDLESEX - A retired Middlesex County child-protective services officer was convicted Wednesday of two counts each of felony attempted sexual abuse of a child, felony attempted aggravated sexual battery and felony aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13.
The Middlesex County Circuit Court jury recommended a 34 year prison sentence for Arthur R. Bracke, 62, a Wake resident arrested on the charges in January while he was already in the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center on unrelated charges of arson and attempted murder in an Nov. 17 fire that destroyed Bracke's home.
During prosecution testimony in the two-day trial on the abuse charges, witnesses said Bracke knew the victim's mother through his role with social services, but had retired when he befriended the child after a chance meeting at a beach last summer.
Witnesses said Bracke bought the child gifts, drank heavily while the child was around, sometimes going through as much as a gallon of gin a week, and encouraged the child to sleep in his bed.
Bracke, who retired from county social services last summer after more than 20 years, faces sentencing in November. A trial on the arson and attempted murder charges has been scheduled for Sept. 3.
Link to that story - Ex-Middlesex social services officer convicted of child sex abuse -- dailypress.com
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