Priest Found Guilty on Sex Charge in Canada
By JoAnne Viviano
The Columbus Dispatch
February 26, 2013
A Roman Catholic priest who once worked in central Ohio has been convicted in British Columbia, Canada, of sexually touching a person between the ages of 14 and 18.
The Rev. Philip Jacobs was found guilty yesterday. He was acquitted on one count of sexual assault and two counts of sexually touching a person younger than 14.
The Saanich News reported trial testimony that Jacobs ran his hand up and down the pants-clad leg of a boy he was tutoring at St. Joseph the Worker School in Saanich. The victim testified that he lay on a couch in the priest’s home with his legs over Jacobs’ lap and Jacobs’ hand touched his genitals, according to the newspaper.
Jacobs maintains that he unintentionally brushed the boy’s groin, his attorney, Chris Considine, said.
Jacobs, 63, could be sentenced to five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set. The verdict may be appealed, Considine said.
Jacobs served at St. Joseph the Worker School in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In central Ohio, he was at St. Anthony Parish on the North Side from 1975 to 1979, St. Philip the Apostle Parish on the East Side from 1979 to 1981, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Westerville from 1986 to 1989.
He also taught philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum on the Far North Side from 1986 to 1993.
During the trial in December and January, Jacobs testified that he took at least three teen boys on overnight trips when he worked in Ohio, intending to introduce them to masturbation.