Priest with Columbus Ties Charged with Sex Abuse

August 8 2010

[with video]

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- A Catholic priest dismissed by the Columbus Diocese and formerly having taught at the Pontifical College Josephinum is charged with sexually abusing several children.

Father Phil Jacobs went before a judge in British Columbus Friday to find out if he will be allowed to return to his home or have to remain in jail. Authorities arrested Jacobs last Wednesday, shortly after arriving at the Victoria airport.

But, years prior, Jacobs found himself the focus of an investigation in Central Ohio in the 1990’s. ABC6/FOX28 News’ Adam Slinger learned that 10 people came forward to accuse Jacobs of sexually abusing them as children.

Jacobs served at St Philip's Episcopal Church, on Woodland Drive, and St Anthony Parish School, on Urban Drive, in Columbus.

The allegations surfaced while Jacobs taught as a professor at Pontifical College Josephinum, located on North High Street. The Columbus Diocese moved to dismiss Jacobs in 1993.

No charges were filed in Columbus.

Father Jacobs went on to secure work in Canada “as parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Saanich, just outside Victoria, from 1998 to 2002,” the Times Columnist reported. He resigned in 2002 when the church learned of his alleged misconduct in Columbus.

The Canadian investigation started in 2002 and a national warrant for his arrest was issued.


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