Catholic Priest has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct thanks to MI Attorney General's Office

A former priest from the Diocese of Marquette is headed to prison after reaching a plea deal with the Michigan Attorney General's Office. We are grateful for this development and hope that this agreement will bring healing to his victims and encourage others who were hurt in the state to come forward and make a report to their attorney general.

Gary Jacobs sexually abused teenagers in the 1980's in the Diocese of Marquette and has been charged with crimes in two different counties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We know that the wheels of justice would have never moved if it had not been for the secular investigation launched by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. History has shown us that reporting sexual abuse to authorities first, rather than the employer or institution responsible for the perpetrator, is safer for victims and the community. Hopefully, this news will show other survivors that A.G. Nessel is taking the issue of sexual abuse very seriously and will give them the confidence to speak out.

It is important to note that additional victims came forward when Jacobs was first arrested. When survivors speak out, it demonstrates the power of their courage and strength. Not only have these courageous victims helped one another, but they have also saved other children from harm by taking Jacobs out of the community.

We hope that this case inspires other survivors, witnesses, and whistleblowers to come forward and report what they know about abuse. The Michigan Attorney General's confidential hotline is 1-844-324-3374.

CONTACT:  Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager (267-261-0578, [email protected]) , Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009[email protected])

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