Former Sooke priest goes to trial

Allegations of sexual abuse of children against Father Phil Jacobs

  • Nov. 16, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Father Phil Jacobs, a priest who spent two years between 1996 and 1998 working at St. Rose of Lima in Sooke will stand trial on four charges involving sexual offences against Victoria area children under the age of 14.

Jacobs, originally from the U.S., worked for six years in Sooke and Saanich and had resigned from a church in Ohio in 1996 after allegations of misconduct were made public. He was the parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Saanich from 1998 to 2002. He resigned from his position at St. Joseph’s in 2002.

The Roman Catholic priest was charged, after a two-day preliminary inquiry, with one count of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and one count of sexual exploitation which are alleged to have happened between 1996 and 2002.

Jacobs, who was living abroad had a Canadawide warrant issued in July 2010. He was arrested in 2010 by the Canada Border Services Agency and will go to trial on Nov. 30 in B.C. Supreme Court. He is free on a $25,000 surety.

The identities of the alleged victims are protected by a court order as is the evidence submitted at the preliminary inquiry.

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