A former priest in the Upper Peninsula has been sentenced for the remaining sex abuse charge against him. In April, Gary Jacobs faced charges in both Ontonagon and Dickinson Counties. The Ontonagon sentencing, which happened in May, involved guilty pleas on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jacobs was sentenced to between eight and 15 years on each count, which will run concurrently. Tuesday afternoon before Dickinson County’s 41st Circuit Judge Christopher Ninomiya, Jacobs was sentenced between eight and 15 years for one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which will be served concurrently to the Ontonagon sentence. Judge Ninomiya says, “You have completely and utterly breached the faith and trust that was placed in you, you have groomed and preyed upon innocent victims in our community and used your status to accomplish your evil deeds, in my view, for what you have done, the court cannot punish you sufficiently or enough to satisfy the demands of justice.” Jacobs does receive credit for 504 days served. He also must register as a sex offender.
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