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Investigators: The Jacobs file

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Internal documents obtained by the FOX 9 Investigators show officials at the prestigious Breck School in Golden Valley, Minn., knew they had a child molester on the payroll.

The documents leave no doubt that Breck administrators were concerned they had a sexual predator on staff in the 1970's.

The school's headmaster John Littleford was raising serious questions about the behavior of science teacher Bill Jacobs. At the time, Jacobs was seeing a psychiatrist after being caught molesting a boy who was one of his Breck students.

Littleford wrote a letter dated Jan. 6, 1975, to the doctor treating Jacobs. Part of the letter read: "Should Bill remain in teaching where he is constantly in close contact with students?"

Littleford went on to ask if it would be okay for Jacobs to chaperone a group of seventh and eighth grade students on a ski trip to Colorado or to lead students on camping trips.

"We need your guidance to know whether Bill can cope with this problem. The school is naturally concerned that there is no future problem of any kind," it read in part.

Dr. Jerald Lane, a physiologist, wrote back explaining that he believes Jacobs has some "unconscious homosexual conflicts" that come out when he's sleeping.

"As long as he avoids sleeping in rooms where students are present, he will be able to maintain full control of his unconscious impulse," Lane wrote in reply.

Yet, Jacobs found other ways to get near kids. About a month later, he was allowed to take some Breck students on that ski trip. One of those students told the FOX 9 Investigators Jacobs invited him to sit on his lap and steer during the drive, and he then proceeded to put his hand on the boy's privates.

Jacobs would continue to take other trips with students. An undated document within the police records obtained by the FOX 9 Investigators indicate that a person named "John" wrote a memo to Bill Jacobs. Was it Breck headmaster John Littleford?

It reads: "If this 9th grade optional trip has incidents of drug, alcohol, or sex abuse, I am inclined to call off all trips for next year. It is up to you."

"It boggles the mind," Rick Covin said after looking through the documents.

Covin is one of 19 victims who've come forward so far to say they were abused by Jacobs. He's outraged by what the documents reveal.

"They all dropped the ball," said Covin.

One of those letters from 1975 shows that Littleford was aware Jacob's had abused a boy at the Blake school in 1971. That matters to Covin.

"They could have prevented me from getting molested," he said.

Covin went to Breck Middle School in the mid 70s. It was a gut-wrenching time for him. His parents were going through a divorce, and he found a buddy in science teacher Bill Jacobs.

"What student wouldn't love the science teacher who teaches you how to do explosives, and make explosive gas?" explained Covin.

As the friendship blossomed, teacher eventually invited student to sleep over at his home under the pretense there'd be more fun science projects.

"He'd crawl into bed when I was asleep. He'd just come in there and start fondling me," Covin recalled. "I knew it was wrong but yet I was afraid that if I mentioned it to anybody, like my mom or anybody like that, they wouldn't understand and label me as a bad kid."

Jacobs left his teaching job at Breck and later became chief of the Minneapolis Park Police. This year, he went to prison after he pled guilty to sexually abusing a boy he met in 2007.

"It didn't get stopped for decades with Bill Jacobs when it could've been," said Covin, who is now suing Jacobs, Littleford and Breck School.

In a deposition for the case, Jacobs revealed that in 1974 he confessed to Littleford -- and at least one member of the Breck school board -- about molesting a different student. He said after making the disclosure to the school, he was never contacted by the police.

"What Littleford did concerning Jacobs and Breck was the same thing that Joe Paterno did at Penn State," said Covin's attorney, Jeff Anderson.

The FOX 9 Investigators contacted John Littleford and Breck School and gave them copies of the documents we obtained. The school issued a statement saying it's "profoundly committed to keeping students safe."

Littleford responded in an email through his attorney saying he relied on the advice of Jacobs doctor in dealing with Jacobs' issues. When he learned Jacobs was not following the strict guidelines of his treatment, he was fired from Breck.

As for Dr. Jerald Lane, the psychiatrist who treated Jacobs, he's no longer living. We'll never now why he thought Jacobs could be trusted with boys as long as he didn't sleep in the same room with them.

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