Disgraced Pennsylvania clergyman is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill people he believes put him behind bars
Jacob Malone, convicted of sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenage girl allegedly ‘tried to hire a prison inmate to kill a church official and a judge who were involved in his case’
The former Pa., youth pastor is charged with attempted murder, criminal solicitation, attempted aggravated assault and terrorist threats
Prosecutors say 37-year-old Malone hatched a revenge plot last year seeking to have his former boss, Calvary Fellowship head pastor Harold Wiggins killed by a hitman
He offered more money for the life of Somerset County Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Cody [right], as well.
Malone, a married dad-of-three, was sentenced in 2017 to three to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl living with his family
The girl reported his actions to suspicious members that he plied her with alcohol and raped her – teen eventually gave birth to their daughter
Malone pled guilty to institutional sex assault, corruption of minors and child endangerment and was sentenced to just 3-6 years in prison
He had reached an earlier plea deal with prosecutors called for a 2-4 year jail term, but the judge rejected it as too lenient
He was also ordered register as a sex offender for 15 years, undergo court-mandated sex counseling
Prosecutors say Malone told another inmate he ‘wanted to get revenge on the people involved in his case’
In 2019, he allegedly approached another inmate and offered him $5,000 to kill Wiggins, the head pastor who turned him in and proved to be a key witness in the case
He allegedly offered additional money to kill Judge Jacqueline Cody, who had rejected a lighter sentence for him
‘Bad To The Bone’ former youth pastor Jacob Malone, [photo], who was convicted of sexually assaulting a teen girl, three years ago. he has lengthened his record adding charges of attempted murder, criminal solicitation, attempted aggravated assault, and terrorist threats
A former Pennsylvania youth pastor serving time for sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been charged with hatching a revenge murder-for-hire plot from behind bars targeting the church official who reported his crimes to the authorities and the judge who sentenced him.
The Chester County District Attorney’s office on Friday announced that 37-year-old Jacob Malone has been charged with attempted murder, criminal solicitation, attempted aggravated assault and terrorist threats.
Malone allegedly tried to put a hit on a pastor at the Exton, Pa., church where he worked in 2015, and who reported his affair with a teenage girl to authorities after she gave birth to his child.
He also planned to assassinate the county judge who presided in his case as well, according to the complaint.
Malone was sentenced in 2017 to serve three-to-six years in prison after he pled guilty to counts of institutional sex assault, corruption of minors and child endangerment for sexually assaulting and impregnating a 17-year-old girl who lived with his wife and their three children.
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According to the prosecution, in July 2019, Malone approached a fellow inmate at a minimum-security prison near Pittsburgh and offered him $5,000 to kill Harold Lee Wiggins, head pastor at Calvary Fellowship church in Downingtown.
According to a report by Daily Local News, Malone allegedly handed the inmate, Angelo Tomeo, a map of the church and a detailed description of the Sunday church services.
Targets: Prosecutors say former pastor Jacob Malone hatched a revenge plot last year seeking to have his former boss, Calvary Fellowship head pastor Harold Wiggins [left], killed by a hitman. He offered more money for the life of Somerset County Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Cody [right], as well.
Malone was working at Calvary Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, when he began assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 2014. He was caught out in 2017 and ended up resigning and going to prison
At trial the warped preacher admitted plying his teen victim with alcohol, while still claiming the sexual encounters that ensued were consensual.
In the end, his contemptuous attitude towards the concept of statutory rape earned him a longer sentence.
Still Malone allegedly held a grudge against Pastor Wiggins because the clergyman had been a key witness in the case against him.
The disgraced youth pastor allegedly offered additional money for the murder of Somerset County Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Cody, who presided over his sexual molestation case.
At sentencing, Judge Cody had rejected a shorter term because it was too lenient. He had reached an earlier plea deal with prosecutors called for a 2-4 year jail term, but the judge rejected it as too lenient. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years, undergo court-mandated sex counseling
Malone [photo], was arrested after church leadership learned of the teenager’s pregnancy in 2016. Throughout his trial, authorities said, ‘Pastor’ Malone remained oblivious and contemptuous of the concept of Statutory rape
Two months into his incarceration, Malone allegedly approached his cellmate, Anthony Yerger with the plot. He ‘wanted to get revenge on the people involved in his case,’ Malone allegedly told Yeager, the DA’s office said in a news release.
Yerger, whom Malone also allegedly tried to draw into his plot, reportedly urged the jailed youth pastor to ‘drop it,’ and Malone purportedly agreed to ‘put it behind him.’
Instead of going along with the homicidal plan, both Tomeo and Yerger reported the matter to the authorities.
A Calvary Fellowship spokesman told WPVI Pastor Wiggins has already forgiven Malone for allegedly trying to have him killed.
Malone was arrested last Thursday and booked into the Phoenix state prison north of Philadelphia.
Malone, a married father-of-three, had first met the victim in the sexual assault case years ago when she was 12 years old and attending a Mesa, Arizona, church where he worked as a pastor, authorities said.
Malone, [photo], with his wife and their three children in Exton Pa., was sentenced in 2017 to three to six years as part of a plea deal after Judge Cody rejected a more lenient sentence
The following month, she made the move with the family to Exton, Pennsylvania, where Malone began working at the nondenominational church Calvary Fellowship.
Malone even registered the teenage girl at a local high school and eventually became her guardian.
The teenager told police Malone began sexually assaulting her in the fall of 2014, when she was 17.
She said he gave her alcohol twice after she turned 18, and in one of the instances molested her after she became highly intoxicated.
Leaders at Calvary Fellowship learned of the girl’s pregnancy in November 2015. Malone admitted to impregnating the teenager and resigned that same month.
The victim gave birth to her and Malone’s daughter in 2016.
The young woman, now in her early 20s, maintained that Malone took advantage of her ‘mentally, physically, spiritually’ while acting as her guardian.
‘She admired me and trusted me, and I betrayed that,’ he said of the victim.
Cody, who had rejected an earlier plea deal that called for a two-year minimum jail term, called the case ‘one of the times when the court system fails’ and said even with the stiffer sentence in the new plea agreement, Malone would be getting off with a much lighter punishment that his crime merits.
‘You have taken responsibility for a very, very serious series of crimes that have completely altered someone’s life,’ the judge also told Malone. ‘The things you have done are inexcusable.’
The original charges against Malone included rape. His defense attorney Evan Kelly said in a statement that Malone ‘has always been adamant’ he did not rape the teenager but has admitted to other crimes. ‘And for that he is embarrassed, ashamed and truly remorseful,’ Kelly said.