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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, August 6, 2010

Ex Columbus predator priest is arrested in Canada; SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790)

We're thrilled this predator has been caught. Kids are safer now that he's in custody.

We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered Jacobs' crimes will contact police right away.

Every current or former church member or staffer with information or suspicions about his crimes should call law enforcement immediately.

Here are some facts about Jacobs from

Removed in 1996. Accused of abuse of 4 boys in late 1970s, including his cousin. 1st report received in 1993. Transferred to Canada in 1996 after therapy. Removed from active status in 2002 after allegations surfaced.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747 cell), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Former Saanich priest arrested on sex charges
By Kyle Slavin - Saanich News
Published: August 06, 2010 11:00 AM
Updated: August 06, 2010 11:44 AM

A Catholic priest who served at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Saanich was arrested Wednesday on multiple Canada-wide warrants.

Phil Jacobs was picked up at the Victoria International Airport on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

He served at St. Joseph the Worker from 1998 to 2002.

Reported in the News in 2002, Jacobs resigned from St. Joseph the Worker after information was made public that he had been relieved of his duties at an Ohio church in the early 1990s after he admitted to inappropriately touching a teenaged boy.

In 2002, the Catholic Diocese of Victoria said Jacobs was hired in Saanich after a professional assessment was done and it was determined that he was "no threat in the future."

More information will come this afternoon after a police press conference.

– with files from Saanich News

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