Students Offered Deal on Anti-Abortion Display

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Six Northern Kentucky University students could see charges of dismantling an anti-abortion display dismissed if they complete community service under a deal offered by prosecutors.

But, prosecutors didn't offer that deal to Sally Jacobsen, the Northern Kentucky literature professor involved in the April 12th incident.

Jacobsen is charged with criminal solicitation. Police said she encouraged students in one of her classes to destroy the display, which consisted of rows of about 400 white crosses.

Jacobsen and the six students also were charged with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.

The student group Northern Right to Life put up the display, saying it represented aborted fetuses.

District Judge Karen Thomas says charges would be dismissed if they completed a diversion program, which typically consists of community service.

Jacobsen's attorney, Margo Grubbs, wondered the professor wasn't offered the same deal as the students.

Assistant County Attorney Rick Woeste says that based on the evidence so far, Jacobsen played a different role