by Steven Ertelt
April 19, 2006
Highland Heights, KY (LifeNews.com) — A university professor who was forced to resign after leading a group of pro-abortion students in vandalizing a pro-life display has attacked pro-life advocates in a private email to the students involved. The email also encourages the students to "make it hard" for police investigating the vandalism to find them.
News of the email is surfacing just hours after Northern Kentucky University professor Dr. Sally Jacobson issued an apology for her actions.
Jacobson apologized Tuesday evening in an interview with a local television station, but told the NKU student newspaper she will no longer grant interviews on the advice of her attorney.
Meanwhile, Jacobson emailed the pro-abortion students involved in the vandalism and urged them to obtain attorneys and to resist being charged by police in the matter. She worries and charges will aid the pro-life movement.
"If you are named, my advice is to get your attorney to plead you down to a misdemeanor," she wrote, according to The Northerner student paper. "The well-funded Right to Life groups that are pushing for this need felony convictions, I believe, in order to file civil suits for damages."
Jacobson also told the students about the current investigation the NKU police department id conducting, even encouraging the pro-abortion students to make it difficult for police to locate them.
"In the meantime, the campus police continue their investigation," she said. "If you have not yet been interrogated, you do not have to talk to them without an attorney. You can make it hard to find you. Again, I am so sorry."
Jacobson and the students involved could face as much as a Class D felony for their actions. Charges have not yet been filed against those involved in the destruction of the pro-life display but NKU Officer Rob Yelton told the student paper they are forthcoming.
"The [pro-life] group has indicated that they are willing to press charges," he said.
However, The Northerner reported that the bulk of the charges will be directed at Jacobson.
"At this time, we don’t anticipate the students being charged," Lt. Col. Jeffrey Martin said. "They were intimidated by an authority figure into believing that this was not a criminal act."
Commonwealth Attorney Jack Porter, the local prosecutor, will make the final decision on the charges, and the officers indicated they thought he would grant the students immunity but charge Jacobson for her part in the vandalism.
Jacobson clearly hopes this is the case, according to the paper, as she wrote the students that she wants to help them avoid prosecution.
"I want to do everything I can to keep any of you from being specifically named," she said. "And I am very sorry I got you involved in this."
Jacobson, whose classes have been given to other professors to complete for the semester, also warned the pro-abortion students to stay away from her office on campus.