Predator priest won't be locked up, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A predator priest who worked in Canada and Ohio won’t be going to prison.
We are grateful that Fr. Jacobs will be forced to register as a sex offender and be on probation for two years but very disappointed that he won’t be jailed. Kids are safest when predators are locked up.
Jacobs admitted molesting kids in Ohio. Nothing suggests he’s been ‘cured.’ Any prudent person would assume he’s still a danger to kids. If he won’t obey criminal laws and his celibacy pledge, he’ll very likely not obey his probation restrictions either.
We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will come forward, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing. We strongly believe he has committed other crimes for which he could also be prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned. But it’s crucial that those who have information or suspicions about him call police now.
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
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