Michigan Attorney General Nessel Charges 2 Ex-Priests With Sexual Assault

January 18, 2020, 9:51 AM

Dana Nessel (Photo: State of Michigan)

Two former priests who  worked in the Upper Peninsula have been charged with sexual abuse, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday.

Multiple charges have been filed in three Upper Peninsula counties against Gary Allen Jacobs and Roy Joseph, both former priests associated with the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, according to a press release.

Nessel doesn't give details about victims, beyond saying they are between 13-16.

Jacobs, 74, of Albuquerque, N.M., is charged with multiple criminal sexual conduct counts involving alleged incidents from 1981-84 in Ontonagon County and from March-April in 1984 in Dickinson County.

Joseph, 52, previously of Marquette, has been charged in Marquette County with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The incident allegedly occurred in February 2006, while Joseph was a priest in Marquette County. He now lives in India.

“Our team continues to vigorously pursue this investigation to ensure justice for the victims who courageously come forward and identify their abusers,” Nessel said in a statement. “Our team of investigators are working day in and day out to hold these defendants accountable.”

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