Former Mayor Will Plead No Contest to Child Sex Abuse

A former Sebastopol mayor has reached a plea agreement with Sonoma County prosecutors in a child sex crimes case. 

Robert Jacob will plead no contest to six criminal counts, including lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 15; sexual penetration with a foreign object; distribution or showing of harmful matter; and unlawfully arranging to meet a minor to engage in lewd and lascivious acts. He will serve seven years in prison and will permanently register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say Jacob, 45, sexually abused a minor that he met on a dating app. He invited other men over to his home to sexually abuse the boy as well.

The crimes took place between December 2019 and March 2021 — after Jacob’s time on the City Council. 

Jacob is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23.


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