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Published: September 04, 2013 11:00 AM
Updated: September 04, 2013 11:55 AM
By Staff Writer – Victoria News
Phil Jacobs File photo
Former Saanich priest Phil Jacobs has been handed a five month conditional sentence, which includes two months of house arrest, during a sentencing hearing today in Victoria.
He also has two years of probation following the sentence.
In February, Justice Miriam Gropper found Jacobs has guilty of touching a young person for a sexual purpose, but not guilty on three other counts of molestation.
Three young men and former students of St. Joseph the Worker School testified that Jacobs molested or sexually touched them during his tenure as parish priest at the Saanich Catholic school in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The guilty charge stems from a witness who testified that during tutoring sessions at Jacobs’ house on the school grounds, he ended up in a position of laying on the couch with his legs over Jacobs’ lap.
During testimony in December, a witness told the court that Jacobs’ right hand would slide up and down the witness’s left thigh over his pants – “he went from my knee to my groin back and forth … the back of his hand touched my genitals.”
Gropper agreed with the Crown’s assertion that Jacobs’ touching of the victim’s genitals was “deliberate,” and not accidental brushing.
More to come.