Priest to be sentenced in early June

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The Times Colonist

March 7, 2013

Louise Dickson / Times Colonist

The sentencing of a Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually touching a young person while in a position of trust will not take place until at least early June.

Last week, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Gropper found Father Phil Jacobs deliberately touched a young person between the ages of 14 and 18 for a sexual purpose.

The offence occurred between Jan. 1, 2000, and June 30, 2001, and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Jacobs, who was parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker in Saanich from 1997 to 2002, was acquitted of three other charges, including sexual assault and two counts of sexually touching a person under 14.

Crown prosecutor Clare Jennings asked Gropper to order a pre-sentence report and a forensic psychiatric report to assist her at sentencing.

On Thursday, Jacobs’s defence lawyer Chris Considine said he will be in court on May 29 for a progress review date to see if all the reports are completed.

“If they are completed, a date for his sentencing will be set at that time,” Considine said.

Jacobs remains under a court order to live in Greater Victoria under strict supervision.

Allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Jacobs when he was ministering in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. No criminal charges were ever laid.

In August 1995, he was hired by the Diocese of Victoria and appointed to the parish of St. Rose of Lima in Sooke because it would limit his access to children.

When the Ohio allegations were made public in 2002, Jacobs resigned from St. Joseph’s.

He was arrested on Aug. 4, 2010, at Victoria International Airport.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

7 Responses to Priest to be sentenced in early June

  1. Sylvia says:

    Sentencing on hold until at least early June!!!

    Father (yes, alas, he’s still a priest!) Philip Jacobs was convicted 25 February 2013. Exactly how long does it take to get a per-sentence report and forensic psychiatric report?

  2. msjustice222 says:

    what?! How can he still be a priest – he’s a convicted felon!

  3. Leona says:

    Seems to be the church’s way – keeping convicted felons as priests.

  4. Lina says:

    The Church is very well aware they have a huge problem but they appear only capable of tackling that enormous problem by covering it up.

    Journalist and reporters are to keep on digging and asking questions. People with valuable info give it to the police or run it by a lawyer but NOT a priest who use to be a lawyer.

    Send or give good tips to an investigating reporter so he or she can do something about it. At least point them in the right direction.

    How do you think certain documents are leaked? There are members of the clergy who are fed up like the rest of us how the church officials are dealing with these clergy abuse scandals.

    When these brave clergy abuse victims are ready they will come forward.

    Many Catholics and clergy are offended about the clergy abuse scandals erupting all over, I say it’s too darn bad!

    These criminal priests so call their alleged commitment to God should not shield them from justice.

    People should see fit to keep the pressure on so to continue to reveal the injustice, the criminals and their enablers. No turning back, the gates are even open wider now, more than ever.

  5. Olisha says:

    Is there a final date set for sentencing?

  6. Olisha says:

    Does anyone know when the court date and sentencing will be?

    • Sylvia says:

      Click here for the Father Phil Jacobs page Olisha. Scroll down to “Next court date”

      On 29 May 2013 at 2 pm there will be a progress review to see if the pre-sentencing and forensic psychiatric report are completed. If they are a sentencing date will be set. This will be in the Victoria courthouse and will be open to the public.

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