Former Catholic Priest Sentenced for Criminal Sexual Conduct

Former Catholic Priest Sentenced for Criminal Sexual Conduct Photo: KSTP

May 07, 2018 07:59 PM

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Monday 35-year-old Jacob Andrew Bertrand, who was an ordained Catholic priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, Calf., was sentenced after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct. 

In January, Bertrand pled guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct that occurred in 2010


According to the charges, the woman came forward in 2016 to report she had sexual contact with Bertrand during a private mass held at her home in Mendota Heights. After the act, he told her they had "fulfilled the second holiest sacrifice next to Jesus and Mary on Calvary."

According to the release, Bertrand received a stay of adjudication of sentence and was placed on probation for 10 years and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000. He was also ordered to undergo a sex offender assessment and follow through with any recommended therapy or counseling. As part of the plea agreement, a second count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct was dismissed

If Bertrand violates any of the conditions of his probation, he would be subject to 48 months in prison. 


Tommy Wiita

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