Convicted rapist sent back to prison from January Center in Uncasville

A repeat sex offender released from prison in March after serving 20 years for kidnapping and raping a Norwich woman was discharged from an Uncasville facility for sex offenders and rearrested last week after officials said he made an unwanted sexual advance toward another client at the facility.

Henry J. Brackett, 52, formerly of Voluntown, is being held in lieu of $50,000 at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution on a charge of violation of probation. He is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on July 14.

Brackett was sentenced in the same court in 1995 to 39 years in prison, suspended after 24 years served, followed by five years of probation for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Norwich on Sept. 19, 1994. Brackett drove the woman to Hopeville Pond State Park in Griswold, where he raped her, according to a news story in The Day.

He had been convicted of sexually assaulting another woman at Hopeville Pond State Park in 1983 and also had convictions for sexually assaulting a correctional center inmate in 1985 and another woman in Norwich in 1988, according to the article.

Released from prison to the January Center on March 20, 2014, he had served 96 days of his probation when he was charged with a probation violation. According to a warrant affidavit prepared by Probation Officer Robert Williams, Brackett had been taken to the January Center because he had no place to live. On June 24, a staff member at the center notified Williams that Brackett was under investigation for making an unwanted sexual advance toward another client. A day later, the January Center notified Williams that an investigative team had found enough evidence to substantiate the allegation and that Brackett was being discharged.

During his stay at the center, Brackett had been cited for not attending a mandatory group session, not respecting the property of other clients, being disrespectful to staff, entering the kitchen without permission and receiving money from another client, according to the warrant. The January Center staff indicated he had struggled with expressing his emotions in age-appropriate ways and had misrepresented and exaggerated his medical conditions to January Center staff, fellow clients and medical providers.

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