Rev. Philip J. Jacobs

Summary of Case: Jacobs was removed from ministry in the Columbus OH diocese in 1993 after reports to the diocese that he had sexually abused children. He may have abused at least 10 Ohio children. He was sent to treatment, after which he went to work as a priest in the Victoria diocese in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was removed from ministry there in 2002 after the news of the abuse allegations in Ohio came to light. He subsequently is said to have worked in a "non-church" job in Europe. In Aug. 2010 Jacobs was arrested as he disembarked from a plane in Victoria upon his arrival from San Francisco. He was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation involving children under the age of 14.

Ordained: 1974


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Columbus bishop was Edward John Herrmann (1973-1982)

1975         Jacobs is not indexed in the 1975 Directory.
1975 1979 St. Anthony's


Jacobs' cousin told his parish priest and the diocese in 1996 that Jacobs molested him in 1976 at a family cottage, when the cousin was 14 years old.

OH 2/2 Parish had a school with 266-280 students.
1979 1981 St. Philip's


In 2002 a 35 year old man said he had been molested by Jacobs when he was a boy in 1978 and 1979, and that the abuse happened at Jacobs' family cottage.

OH 2/2 Parish had a school with 286-285 students.


Hermann was succeeded as Columbus bishop by James Anthony Griffin (1983-2004)

Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983), followed by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1986 On Leave for Studies/Boston College Boston MA    
1986 1993 St. Paul's Westerville OH


In residence

Parish had a school with 600-605 students.
1986 1993 Pontifical College Josephinum


Griffin is quoted in 2002 as saying "...there were a couple of complaints and some other....reports..." that lead to Jacobs removal from ministry in the Columbus diocese."

A 2010 news report states that ten people had accused Jacobs of having sexually abused them as children while he was a priest in Ohio.

OH Professor; Vice Rector This was a diocesan seminary.
1993 1995 Absent on Sick Leave       Jacobs was sent to treatment after his removal from ministry in 1993, spending nine months at the Institute for Living in Hartford, CT.
1995 1996 On Duty Outside the Diocese        


Victoria bishop was Remi Joseph De Roo (1962-1999)

1998 St. Rose of Lima

Sooke, Vancouver Island

Jacobs was accused and charged in Aug. 2010 of having sexually abused children under age 14 while at this parish. The abuse is said to have been perpetrated against three children while he was at this and his next assignments, between 1996 and 2001.


Jacobs is not indexed beyond the 1997 Directory.

Per news reports, Jacobs went to the Victoria diocese after being removed from ministry in Ohio. Victorian diocesan officials were given Jacobs' records by the Columbus diocese.

Per Roussin, Jacobs was assessed by psychiatrists, was required to be seen regularly by a psychiatrist, and was supposed to be monitored by two senior priests and two lay members of the church. He was also told not to be alone with individual children or small groups of children.

In Jacobs' Dec. 2012 trial it was disclosed that Jacobs was assigned to St. Rose of Lima to limit his access to children.


De Roo was replaced as Victoria bishop by Raymond Roussin, S.M. (1999-2004)

2002 St. Joseph the Worker

Saanich, Vancouver Island

In 2002, after news of past allegations against him and his removal from St. Joseph's, a local person reported having been victimized as a minor by Jacobs, but police didn't press charges due to insufficient evidence.

Jacobs was accused and charged in Aug. 2010 of having offended against children under age 14 while at this parish.

Pastor in 1996-2002 Jacobs was removed from ministry in the Victoria diocese in May 2002 due to revelations of past allegations of child sexual abuse in Ohio.
  2010     Europe non-church position Jacobs was arrested Aug. 4, 2010 in Vancouver, B.C. at the Victoria airport for sexual assault, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation.
2010           During a Dec. 2012 Jacobs denied sexually abusing the Vancouver boys he was charged with abusing. He admitted, however, to misdeeds in the past with boys in Ohio, explaining it was to "teach the boys to masturbate".

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1976-1997)

Priest Accused of Molestations Now at British Columbia Parish, By Dennis M. Mahoney, Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), April 27, 2002
Embattled Priest Will Leave Diocese in Canada, By Dennis M. Mahoney, Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May1, 2002
Special Reports: Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse , Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
Bishops' Sex-Abuse Studies Hit Home - Part 1, 26 clerics in Columbus Diocese accused since 1950, By Dennis M. Mahoney, Columbus Dispatch, February 28, 2004
Former Saanich Priest Arrested on Multiple Sex Charges, By Katie DeRosa, Vancouver Sun, August 6, 2010
Priest Arrested at Victoria Airport, C-Fax, August 6, 2010
Victoria Priest Faces Sex Charges, CBC News, August 7, 2010
Priest Charged with Sex Crimes, Had Been Removed from Ohio Ministry for Alleged Molestation, By Associated Press, carried in Canadian Press,
August 7, 2010
May 5, 2002: the Two Faces of Father Jacobs, By Jody Paterson, The Province, August 7, 2010
Diocese Hurt by Sex Charges against Former Victoria Priest, Bishop Says, By Katie DeRosa, Times Colonist, August 8, 2010
Priest with Columbus Ties Charged with Sex Abuse, WSYX, August 8, 2010
Former Columbus Priest Charged in Canada with Sex Crimes, NBC4i, August 8, 2010
"We Could’ve Done More” Admits Diocese Bishop after Priest Charged with Sex Offences, By Kyle Slavin, BCLocalNews, August 9, 2010
Police receive stream of tips about priest in sex case, By Katie DeRosa, Times Colonist, August 10, 2010
Priest Had Past Allegations of Sexual Abuse against Kids, By Kyle Slavin, BCLocalNews, August 12, 2010
Priest Accused of Sex Crimes Appears before Preliminary Inquiry, By Louise Dickson, Montreal Gazette, November 7, 2011
Sex Abuse Case against Former Saanich Priest Moves Forward in July, Sooke News Mirror, June 28, 2012
Sex Assault Trial Starts for Former Saanich Priest, Saanich News, October 9, 2012
Ex-priest's Trial Begins Today, By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist, October 11, 2012
Philip Jacobs Trial Now Set for December, Saaich News, October 22, 2012
Trial Begins for Priest Facing Sex Abuse Charges, CTV, December 10, 2012
Priest Sex Abuse Trial Begins in Victoria, The CBC, December 10, 2012
Priest Given Sooke Post to Avoid Kids, Court Hears, By Louise Dickson, Vancouver Sun, December 11, 2012
Former Altar Boys Recall Being Touched by Priest, The CTV, December 12, 2012
Sex Assault Trial Starts for Former Saanich Priest, By Kyle Slavin, Sooke News Mirror, December 12, 2012
Priest Touched Genitals, Witness Says, By Louise Dickson, Times Colonist, December 12, 2012
Witness Testifies to Alleged Sexual Abuse at Saanich Church, By Edward Hill, Sooke News Mirror, December 13, 2012
Priest’s Sex Talk Distressing, Trial Told, By Louise Dickson, Times Colonist, December 13, 2012
Ex-student Uneasy about Priest’s Touch, By Louise Dickson, Times Colonist, December 14, 2012
Former Friend Testifies against Accused Former Priest, By Edward Hill, Sooke News Mirror, December 14, 2012
Accused Priest to Take the Stand, By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist, December 15, 2012
Father Phil Jacobs denies abuse allegations, By Jeff Bell, December 17, 2012
Priest Admits U.S. Abuse, but Denies Any Crimes in B.C, CBC News, December 19, 2012
Accused Former Priest Testifies in Own Defence, By Kyle Slavin, Saanich News, December 17, 2012
Oh - Ex-Ohio Priest Admits Molesting Kids; SNAP Responds, By David Clohessy, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
December 18, 2012
Columbus Diocese Urged to Search for Priest's Victims, By Joanne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch, December 19, 2012
Priest's Trial Expected to Wrap Today, By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist, December 19, 2012
Father Philip Jacobs on Trial in Victoria, By Staff Writer, Sooke News Mirror, December 19, 2012
Crown Grills Former Priest on Sexual Compulsions around Young Boys, By Edward Hill, Saanich News, December 19, 2012
Saanich Priest Had to Keep Self in Check, Court Hears, By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist, December 19, 2012
Behaviour with Boys Not Appropriate, Father Phil Jacobs Says in Court, Times Colonist, December 21, 2012
Testimony Ends at Phil Jacobs Sexual Abuse Trial, By Edward Hill, Saanich News, December 21, 2012
Priest Accused of B.C. Sex Assault Awaits Verdict, CBC News, January 8, 2013


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