Former Michigan Priest Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

A former priest will spend 8-15 years in prison for sexually abusing teenagers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Gary Jacobs, 75, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Dickinson County in May. In April he pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ontonagon County.

He was sentenced to 8-15 years for the Ontonagon charges in May as part of a plea deal and sentenced 8-15 years for the remaining charges this month. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Diocese officials said Jacobs was removed from ministry in 1988 and left Michigan. He was living in New Mexico when he was charged in January 2020.

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