Former mayor of Sebastopol arrested for sexual assault
Robert Jacob was taken into police custody Saturday morning.
SEBASTAPOL, Calif. – – Former mayor of Sebastopol, Robert Jacob, was arrested Saturday morning for five crimes and one misdemeanor sexual assault against minors, the Sebastopol Police Department said.
Sebastopol Police Chief Kevin Kilgore released a statement on Saturday afternoon confirming the arrest.
On March 30, police were informed of several possible sexual assaults in the city of Sebastopol between December 2019 and March 2021, the statement said.
Investigators found that the suspect in the attacks was Jacob.
Robert Jacob, seen here in this photo uploaded to Facebook on March 27, 2019.
Eleven days after the initial report, officials contacted Jacob at the 7400 block on Woodland Ave. and arrested him.
The charges indicate that the victim is a child aged 14 or 15 and violence or violence was used to sexually penetrate the victim.
Jacob, who describes himself as a “Community Advocate” and “Inspirational Leader” on his LinkedIn profile, made headlines when he became mayor in 2013 because he owned two licensed cannabis dispensaries at the time.
Jacob is being held in the Sonoma County Adult Detention Center without bail. His next court date has not yet been set.
A screenshot of the Sonoma Sheriff’s inmate locator shows Robert Emmanuel Jacob in custody for various sexual assaults.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Jacob was charged with rape.