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Man who sexually assaulted children since the 1980s faces 240 years in prison

A 62-year-old man whose history of sex offenses involving children dates back to the 1980s pleaded no contest to three counts of committing lewd and lascivious act on a child younger than 14 years old.

Lionel Phillip Jacques also admitted to five prior strike convictions under California’s “three strikes” law of lewd acts upon a child and to being a habitual sex offender, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

In 1986, Jacques, who was a youth minister, was convicted of five child sexual assault charges in San Diego County after he was found to have victimized a member of his congregation for several years.

In 1996, Jacques sexually assaulted male relatives in multiple counties, including Sacramento County, the news release said. Those assaults were discovered when Jacques dropped a memory, or SD card at his place of employment. When security workers examined the SD card to determined who it belonged to, they found multiple images of child pornography and turned the card over to law enforcement.

Detectives with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit searched Jacques’ digital devices and found images of him sexually assaulting a victim, the news release said.

Jacques faces a maximum sentence of 240 years to life in prison. He is to be sentenced Sept. 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Emily Vasquez.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy