Former U.P. priest headed to circuit court for allegedly molesting minors

May 21, 2020

ONTONAGON, MI--   A former priest with the Marquette Diocese is headed to trial in two counties on criminal sexual conduct charges.

Gary Jacobs

Gary Jacobs, 74, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was bound over to Dickinson County Circuit Court Monday on a charge of second-degree CSC, and bound over in Ontonagon County Wednesday on eight counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree CSC.

The crimes against minors allegedly happened in the 1980s when Jacobs served under the Marquette Diocese. He faces up to life in prison and a lifetime of electronic monitoring for each of the first-degree charges, and up to 15 years in prison for each second-degree charge.

Jacobs was originally charged in January on seven criminal sexual conduct charges in three separate cases in Ontonagon and Dickinson counties. He was arrested in New Mexico on those charges.

After two new victims came forward he was charged in March on two new CSC counts. Rather than await extradition from New Mexico Jacobs voluntarily returned to Michigan to be arraigned.