Judge refuses to lower bail for accused sex offender

Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011,  7:30 AM
 By Lisa Coryell/For The TimesThe Times, Trenton
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EWING — A judge refused to lower bail yesterday for a convicted sex offender accused of showing pornographic photos to a 17-year-old Italian boy he met on a social networking site and arranged to have visit him in Ewing in July.

Dennis Jacobs, 65, a resident of the Scudders Falls East apartments, was arrested by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police Sept. 10 as he was picking up the teen from the Newark Liberty International Airport. The police were waiting for Jacobs after being tipped off by the teen’s parents that the Italian teen was being met at the airport by a convicted sex offender.

The teen told police he had made a prior visit to Jacobs’ home in July and had been shown pornographic photos during the visit and on other occasions via the internet, Assistant Prosecutor Michael Borgos said.

Borgos would not say whether the teen told police he had sex Jacobs. That would not be a crime because the age of sexual consent in New Jersey is 16, Borgos said. However, showing pornographic pictures to anyone under the age of 18 is a crime.

A search of Jacobs’ car and home revealed that he had a computer with internet access, a violation of his lifetime parole under Megan’s Law, Borgos said. Charges of parole violation are pending, he said.

Defense attorney Anthony Cowell argued for a bail reduction, saying that the $50,000 Jacobs was being held on is the uppermost range for a third-degree offense.

Superior Court Judge Mark Fleming said Jacobs’ status as a Megan’s Law sex offender and the fact that he is accused of violating the conditions of his parole make the charge more serious.

According to Borgos, the teen had told family members that he was headed to the United States to visit a girl and that her grandfather — Jacobs — would be picking him up from the airport. Concerned family members did a Google search of Jacobs and discovered he is a convicted sex offender.

The family alerted Port Authority police who found the pair at the airport and learned from the teen that he had made up the story about the girl.

Jacobs is registered in the state’s Megan’s Law database of sex offenders for the sexual assault of a male under 18 in Bergen County in 2000, according to public records. He served five years in prison between 2000 and 2005 for that offense. He is also listed for the aggravated sex assault of a female family member under 13 in Monmouth County that took place in 1988, the records show.

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