Police arrest former Sebastopol mayor Robert Jacob on suspicion of sexual assault on a minor

Laura Hagar Rush, Townsy Media, April 10, 2021

Robert Jacob gets the gavel as the major of Sebastopol in Dec. 2013. On April 10, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault against a minor and other crimes involving sex with minors. (Photo from Sonoma West archives)

On March 30, 2021, Sebastopol police officers received information of possible sexual assaults that occurred in the City of Sebastopol between December 2019 and March 2021.

Upon further investigation, the suspect was identified as Robert Jacob, the former mayor of Sebastopol (2014) and the co-founder of Peace in Medicine, Sebastopol’s first cannabis dispensary.

On April 10, 2021 at 7 a.m., Sebastopol police officers contacted Robert Jacob in the 7400 block of Woodland Avenue and took him into custody for an arrest warrant related to five felony and one misdemeanor sexual assault crimes against a minor, including  266j PC, 288(c)(1) PC, 288.2(a)(1) PC, 288.2(a)(2) PC, 288.4(a)(1) PC, and 289(i) PC. (According the California Penal Code, these involve, among other things,  transportation of a child under 16 for lewd and lascivious acts, distribution of child pornography, arranging a meeting for sexual purposes with a person believed to be underage, and sexual penetration with a person under 16 years of age.)

Last week Sonoma West published an unusual Sebastopol Police Log consisting of only one incident: “Tuesday, March 30, 6:26 p.m. Lewd and lascivious act with a child age 14 or 15, with use of force. Within Sebastopol city limits. Pending further investigation.”  Chief Kevin Kilgore confirmed on April 11 that this was the incident that began the investigation and brought the whole issue to light.

Robert Jacob was transported to the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility and is being held without bail.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sebastopol Police Department at 707-829-4400 and refer to Report #21-0220.