Robert Emmanuel Jacob, former mayor of Sebastopol, California, was arrested on Saturday, April 10, over 11 criminal counts of sexual assault against a minor aged 14 or 15.
Jacob, 44, is a progressive socialist Democrat who supports Black Lives Matter rioters and advocates police defunding.
Transportation of a juvenile for lewd and lascivious acts, arranging meetings for sexual purposes with ones considered underage, sexual abuse with a child under 16, and sending pornographic material to seduce a minor are among the charges against Jacob. He is openly gay and married as of 2019, reports The Post Millennial.
According to the police, the child sex assault may have started in December 2019 and lasted until March 2021.
Jacob was a member of the Sebastopol City Council from 2012 – 2016. In 2013, he was elected city mayor of Sebastopol.
Jacob is also a supporter of violent extremism against the police. He praised Black Lives Matter rioters in June 2020, describing the arrested as “warriors” who were part of the infantry front lines.
During the protests last summer, Jacob said: “Violence is what it takes to win wars,” and “The police beat people daily and kill them regularly, but that’s acceptable.”
Jacob has called for police defunding, thanked Minneapolis’ city council for pledging to abolish the police force. He wrote on Facebook: “Defunding is about re-funding” and “Defund the police to re-fund the resources we’ve been slashing for generations.”
Jacob is the founding president and CEO of San Francisco drug pharmacy chain SPARC, a well-known cannabis supporter. Cannabis activists hailed Jacob as the first pundit from the medical marijuana industry to be elected mayor of a U.S. city.
The New York Times, which profiled Jacob after his election as mayor in 2013, reported that he outraised and outspent his opponents by funding the most costly campaign in Sebastopol history to win the city council race.
After Sebastopol Police arrested Jacob, he is being housed at the Adult Detention Facility in Sonoma County. One witness has come forward, according to Sebastopol Police Chief Kevin Kilgore.