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Former Sebastopol mayor charged with 11 felonies in baby intercourse assault case

Cannabis entrepreneur and former Sebastopol mayor Robert Jacob was indicted Tuesday in the Sonoma Supreme Court on 11 offenses in connection with an investigation into child sexual assault that led to his arrest over the weekend.

The charges filed Tuesday by local prosecutors are an extension of the five crimes, and one misdemeanor, Jacob, 44, was suspected of having committed on Woodland Avenue after his arrest by Sebastopol police officers on Saturday morning.

These include five cases of indecent acts with a child aged 14-15 by someone who is at least 10 years older than them, two cases of a child under the age of 16 for indecent acts and sexual penetration by those under the age of 16 Years.

The Sonoma District Attorney’s Office declined to provide an explanation for the additional charges against Jacob when they arrived Tuesday afternoon. The investigation is focused on one person who has reported to the police, said assistant district attorney Brian Staebell.

Jacob, represented by Santa Rosa attorney Chris Andrian, virtually attended the hearing via zoom video while in prison in Sonoma County Jail.

He was no longer released on bail, but was released on bail of $ 620,000, an amount based on the number and types of charges listed in the criminal complaint against Jacob.

Jacob founded the medical marijuana dispensary Peace in Medicine in Sebastopol in 2007, was elected to the city council in 2012, and was chosen by his colleagues as the city’s mayor the following year. After a term of four years, he left office. He was detained in Sonoma County Jail Tuesday night.

Andrian, Jacobs attorney, did not return a call for comment on the charges brought against his client.

Sebastopol Police opened their investigations into Jacob following a March 30 report regarding potential sexual assault in the city between December 2019 and March 2021.

“Once this investigation gathered enough information, our officers sought guidance and assistance from the (District Attorney’s Office), which resulted in an arrest warrant for the suspect,” said Sebastopol Police Chief Kevin Kilgore.

In an interview on Monday, Kilgore declined to describe how Jacob and the person who was reported to have been sexually assaulted by him might have known each other, or how Jacob allegedly gained access to the minor.

He also did not provide any information about how officers followed Jacob during the arrest on Sebastopol’s Woodland Avenue.

Jacob will return to court on Thursday afternoon, where he can file a plea. Andrian and prosecutors should take up the subject of Jacob’s bail again.

You can reach Staff Writer Nashelly Chavez at 707-521-5203 or nashelly.chavez@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @nashellytweets.

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