Porter County Courts
July 13, 2012 4:16PM
Updated: August 17, 2012 6:44AM
Man tried to lure teen to run away
Trying to get a 14-year-old to run away with him earned a Michigan City registered sex offender a three-year prison sentence.
Johnnathan A. Jacobs, a.k.a. Geoffrey Jacobs, 38, met the Chesterton girl through his daughter at their Michigan City church, and he promised to take her away from her home, buying her a cell phone, flowers and a ring.
In January 2011, the girl’s neighbors suspected a burglary and called police when they saw the girl throwing bags out a bedroom window and Jacobs loading them into his truck.
On May 4, he pleaded guilty to Class D felony neglect of a dependent, and his three-year sentence is the maximum for that plea.
His time served since Jan. 13, 2001, will go towards a probation revocation as he had been sentenced to five years in February 2003 for charging three items from an Internet computer company, then reporting the card stolen.
His previous sex offense was from a January 1998 plea to two counts of sexual battery for pulling down the pants of neighborhood kids in Portage and trying to get them to play strip poker.