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Authorities reveal charges against 2 more former priests

Two former priests associated with the Diocese of Marquette are facing criminal sexual conduct charges as part of the Department of Attorney General’s investigation into clergy sex abuse. Gary Allen Jacobs, 74 years old, and Roy Joseph, 52, both face at least one felony count of criminal sexual conduct.

Here is a brief overview of the latest allegations, according to the attorney general’s office.

Multiple charges against Jacobs

Jacobs was charged with six felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges span two cases in Ontonagon County. Authorities allege the incidents occurred from 1981 to 1984, and all involved a child between the ages of 13 and 16.

In addition, authorities charged Jacobs with another count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to the attorney general’s office, the allegations stem from an incident in Dickinson County and involved a minor under the age of 13.

Jacobs was arrested on Jan. 17, 2020, in New Mexico. The attorney general is looking to extradite him to Michigan.

Joseph now lives in India

The 52-year-old Joseph, meanwhile, was charged with one single count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The Department of Attorney General offered few details, other than to note the accusations are related to a reported incident from February of 2006. Joseph was serving as a priest in Marquette County at the time.

He now lives in India.

More charges may be coming

Investigators and volunteers have been poring over millions of documents and sorting through hundreds of tips in recent months. Additional criminal charges could still be coming in the months ahead. The attorney general has also said she expects they will have identified “thousands” of clergy abuse survivors once the investigation is complete.

Regardless of those developments, survivors may have another option to pursue justice: a civil lawsuit. Survivors now have much more time than before to consider taking legal action against their abuser, or potentially those who allowed it to happen. While it may not be the right path for some, others may find it helps in their healing process.

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