A former student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School testified he emailed Father Phil Jacobs in 2002 asking for an explanation after Victoria media reported allegations that Jacobs had sexually abused teenage boys in the U.S.
Jacobs, 63, who was parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker in Saanich from 1997 to 2002, is charged with sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference with a person under 14 and sexual touching. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between September 1996 and June 30, 2001.
The former student, whose identity is protected by a court order, testified Wednesday that Jacobs never touched him sexually. But he felt at risk during a conversation with Jacobs while the two were sitting on the couch in the rectory.
He was about 13 at the time, he testified.
“I don’t remember how the conversation started, but he asked ‘Have you ever masturbated before?’ I replied that I had,” he testified.
“Then he asked if I felt the need to do it more than once a day. I said I didn’t.”
The witness testified that Jacobs told him, “'The penis is a muscle. I w...