Cops: Jacobs' alleged child sexual abuse may date back to 1960s
More allegations of child sexual abuse are piling up against William Allan Jacobs, the 66-year-old former captain in the Minneapolis Park Police Department we've been telling you about after he was charged Jan. 22 with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. According to court documents filed yesterday, the Deephaven man have been sexually abusing children at different camps, some run by the YMCA, as long ago as the 1960s. And with regards to the original charges, investigators are now saying that Jacobs befriended the family of the boy he's charged with abusing, and allowing them to take him to his cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Members of the boy's family first met Jacobs in the mid-1990s. Jacobs arranged through the boy's parents many camping trips, visits to his cabin near Lutsen and sleepovers at Jacobs' home. The document added that the boy told detectives that he "has spent time with Jacobs at Camp Warren," a YMCA site near Eveleth, Minn.
A separate search warrant affidavit released Monday in Hennepin County said that investigators have received calls from various groups since Jacobs was charged. The information indicates "that Jacobs may have been sexually abusing children at different camps, including those operated by the YMCA and/or Camp Warren, and that this abuse may date as far back as the 1960s," wrote detective Shawn Gullickson of the County Sheriff's Office.
The original complaint against Jacobs outlines a three-year period of sexual assaults that began with a camping trip in 2007, when the child, who was 11 years old at the time, woke up to find Jacobs beside him in his tent, rubbing his hands on the child's chest and abdomen "down to the area of his pubic hair." The encounters escalated into 2009 to the point of anal penetration, oral sex, and Jacobs masturbating the boy on various occasions.
Prosecutors tacked kiddie porn charges onto the sex abuse charges after police, acting on a search warrant, seized computer hard drives, thumb drives, and a collection of CDs and DVDs from his house in Deephaven. By the time they were done combing through all the evidence, they said they found 40,000 pornographic images.
Jacobs is free on a $500,000 bond. He's due back in court on Feb. 17.
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