Thu. Aug 5th, 2021
Former Priest Gary Jacobs

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI – On Tuesday July 13th, 2021, a former priest in the Upper Peninsula was sentenced for the remaining sex abuse charge against him.

In April, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a plea agreement with Gary Jacobs, who faced charges in both Ontonagon and Dickinson Counties.  

The Ontonagon sentencing, which happened in May, involved guilty pleas on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and one count of second-degree CSC. Jacobs was sentenced to between eight and 15 years on each count, which will run concurrently. 

Tuesday afternoon before Dickinson County’s 41st Circuit Judge Christopher Ninomiya, Jacobs was sentenced to between eight and 15 years for one count of second-degree CSC, which will be served concurrently to the Ontonagon sentence. 

The sentencing hearing can be seen below this article for you to watch.

“This sentencing in Dickinson County marks the end of more than a year’s worth of work to secure justice for survivors of Mr. Jacobs’ heinous crimes,” Nessel said. “It is my sincere hope this prison sentence brings some closure to those who trusted him. This case would not have been possible without their courage to speak up and my clergy abuse team’s commitment to amplifying those voices in court.” 

In addition to prison time, the plea agreement reached in both counties requires Jacobs to complete: 

  • lifetime sex offender registration related to the CSC 1st degree counts; 
  • tier II registration on the CSC 2nd degree charge; 
  • sex offender counseling; and 
  • lifetime electronic monitoring when released. 

It was also important to the Attorney General’s clergy abuse team that survivors of Jacobs’ abuse be heard if they wanted. You can read statements from two of the survivors by clicking the links below: 

  1. Jacobs victim impact statement 1 
  2. Jacobs victim impact statement 2 

Nessel’s clergy abuse team has secured convictions against four individuals thus far. 

Last month, former Catholic school music teacher Joseph Comperchio pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges that will result in at least a decade in prison. 

Former priests Patrick Casey and Brian Stanley pleaded guilty in their respective cases previously. 

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Former Priest Gary Jacobs

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