Additional child sexual assault charges laid against former gay mayor of Sevastopol
The former gay mayor of Sevastopol who was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor is now released on $ 620,000 bail following an April 15 hearing, when the Sonoma County prosecutor’s office added four counts of additional charge to the original charges.
Robert Jacob, 44, is represented by attorney Chris Adrian, who did not answer the Bay Area Reporter phone call at the time of publication.
Jacob is expected to present his case at his next hearing on May 6, according to the Sonoma County Superior Court website.
Updated, 14/05/2019: On May 13, Jacob pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the DA’s office, Jacob now faces three counts of obscene and lascivious acts with minors and one count of purchasing a child. These are in addition to the original three counts of obscene and lascivious acts with minors; a head of contact with a minor with the intention of having sexual contact; a head of pornography distribution; one count of sexual penetration with an object; and one count of procuring for a child under 16.
As previously reported, Jacob was appointed mayor for a term between December 2013 and December 2014 during his only four-year term on Sevastopol City Council from 2012 to 2016.
Jacob is also the co-founder of Peace and Medicine, Sonoma’s first cannabis dispensary, which later merged with SPARC, a San Francisco-based dispensary founded by Erich Pearson, a gay man. After the merger, Jacob served as president of SPARC, although the affiliation ended several years ago.
“The allegations against Robert Jacob, who has not been affiliated with or associated with SPARC for several years, involve horrific and unreasonable actions,” Pearson wrote on social media after news of Jacob’s arrest was announced.
“These abuses of power have no place in our communities or in our society and have gone on for far too long,” added Pearson. Our hearts and support go out to the victim and her families, and we at SPARC want to make it clear that we believe victims and survivors, and this behavior in no way reflects the culture and values we hold dear. “
Charges against Jacob surfaced on April 10, when Sevastopol police arrested him, based on information they received in late March about alleged sexual assaults that may have occurred in the city of December 2019 to March 2021. Following an investigation, he was arrested and initially held without bail at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Center.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
A LinkedIn page by the name of Jacob indicates that he is the director of Robert Jacob Executive Consulting, which provides services to cannabis companies, including management, political and human relations consulting, project management and public relations.
Updated, 14/05/2019: This article has been updated to indicate that Robert Jacob has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
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