Father James E. Jacobson
Diocese of San Jose/Jesuits
- 1959-1960: Alma College (Los Gatos, CA)
- 1960-1961: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
- 1962-1965: St. Joseph’s (Nelson Island, Tununak)
- 1966-1967: St. Michael (St. Michael’s, AK)
- 1967-1970: Holy Family (Glennallen, AK)
- 1970-1976: Little flower of Jesus (Hooper Bay, AK)
- 1976-1977: Berkeley, California
- 1977-1979: Oakland, California
- 1979-2005: Oregon State Penitentiary (Salem, OR)
- 2005-2012: Regis Community (Spokane, WA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James E. Jacobson:
Fr. James E. Jacobson, was a priest of the Portland Province, ordained in 1959. Jacobson worked in remote Alaskan villages until 1976, then returned back in 1979. During the time in between, Jacobson was working in Oakland, California. Shortly after returning to Alaska, Jacobson became the chaplain of Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon until 2005.
According to media reports, in 2005, Jacobson was accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting two native Alaskan women, one in 1965 and the other in 1975. In 2005, Jacobson was removed from ministry after he was accused of sexual abuse and fathering two children resulting from the abuse. DNA results confirmed that Jacobson fathered two sons by the two women he sexually assaulted.
In 2006, there was a lawsuit that named Jacobson and accused him of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1967, in a remote Alaskan village. His accuser said she told two Jesuits at the time of the abuse, but nothing was done. In 2007, Jacobson admitted to fathering four children, sexual involvement with seven Alaskan village women, and to visiting prostitutes during trips to Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Based on documents, Jacobson’s superior and a Fairbanks bishop knew of “serious moral concerns” about Jacobson back in 1967, including that he had fathered two children, yet, no one took any responsibility.
According to bankruptcy reorganization documents filed by the Diocese of Fairbanks in 2010, there have been at least two other claims of abuse implicating Jacobson.
Jacobson was transferred to Regis Community in Spokane, Washington in 2005. It is noted that he was there until 2012. Jacobson’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children until his death are unknown.
Jacobson died in 2017.
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