GREENSBURG, Pa. – Parents in Pennsylvania are demanding answers after learning that a registered sex offender worked as the Easter bunny at a mall.
“I can understand, you know, where they’re coming from, about them being upset. But what a lot of people need to realize is, you know, I wasn’t put in jail for touching little kids,” said Michael Jacobs. “My case, it revolved around having consensual sex when I was a teenager myself with another teenager.”
Jacobs was convicted in two different cases of having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 19-years-old.
“Because I’m on Megan’s Law, everybody looks at me different, and this is where I have trouble getting a job. And just, I didn’t touch no kids or anything like that,” he said.
Jacobs says he applied for a job at the mall as an Easter bunny. He says he was honest on the application, but was never asked about his convictions.
“They didn’t ask for my background on the application that I filled out. It didn’t say anything about a criminal background,” he said.
A spokesman for the Westmoreland Mall released a statement, saying, “It is regrettable that one of their local employees failed to follow their stringent background screening procedures.”
As for Jacobs, he is out of work again.
“I think it’s messed up that people judge me for me just being on that site, basically,” he said.