Sex offender back in jail for being near daycare

Rosie Mullaley
Published on July 5, 2013
Convicted sex offender John Ernest Jacobs.
— Telegram file photo

A convicted sex offender has been sent to jail for defying court orders to stay away from children.

John Ernest Jacobs was arrested June 24 after he was reportedly spotted near a daycare in Torbay.

The 43-year-old has been charged with breaching probation and vagrancy. He’s been remanded indefinitely.

Recent news of his arrest has caused quite a bit of concern among parents of children at the daycare.

Jacobs was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail earlier this year for breaching those same orders in December 2012. At that time, he was seen several times peering into the windows of a house where a five-year-old girl lived. Earlier that month, he was also seen watching children toboggan at a hill on Empire Avenue, near the Elks Club.

Const. Steve Curnew told reporters Thursday that monitoring people like Jacobs has been part of the RNC’s corporate plan.

“As part of our objective, we want to get into enforcement of court orders,” said Curnew, who said a team was put in place last summer to focus on that.

“As a result of this, we like to focus on people we feel have a higher risk to reoffend in these areas when released in the community.”

Jacobs has an extensive criminal record.

It includes a conviction for invitation to sexual touching involving a child in March 2009. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail for that offence, along with breaching court orders.

His record also includes convictions for such crimes as fraud, making harassing phone calls, break and enter and breaching court orders.

He had just been released from Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick in March 2011.

Curnew said when Jacobs was arrested, officers notified daycare administrators, who in turn, issued letters to parents.

It caused what Curnew said was “a snowball” effect from concerned parents of children attending the daycare, which Curnew did not name.

He said since the RNC is part of a committee which makes decisions about notifying the public in such situations,

Curnew said if it’s decided Jacobs will be released from custody, he will appear before a committee, which decides whether or not to alert the public of his release. He said the RNC is a representative on that committee.

“We want to take the fear out of the community,” Curnew said.

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