Mayor Robert Jacob

Robert Jacob, seen here in this photo uploaded to Facebook on March 27, 2019.
The former mayor of Sebastopol, Cal., a progressive Democrat who voiced support for Black Lives Matter rioters and defunding police, was arrested Saturday morning over multiple felony child sex crimes.

Sebastopol Police booked 44-year-old Robert Emmanuel Jacob on 11 felony counts related to sex crimes against minors.

The court records for Robert Emmanuel Jacob list one count for sexual penetration with a child under 16 years-old, five counts of lewd acts with a child age 14 or 15 being 10 or more years older than the minor and two counts of coming into the possession of a child younger than 16 for lewd or lascivious acts.

The charges against Jacob, who is openly gay and married as of 2019, include transportation of a child for lewd and lascivious acts, arranging a meeting for sexual purposes with a person believed to be underage, sexual penetration of a child under 16-years-old and harmful material sent with the intent to seduce a minor.

Jacob, who describes himself as a "community advocate" and "inspirational leader" in his LinkedIn profile, made headlines when he became mayor in 2013 because he owned two licensed cannabis dispensaries at the time.

Jacob was a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter. In June of 2020, Jacob praised the violence created by BLM in a Facebook post. He wrote, "Again, thank you BLM, the rioters, and protesters. Your direct actions are creating change." In another post, he referred to the rioters as "warriors " and said BLM was engaged in a "Civil rights war." Jacob called on his followers to support the "troops" in their riot.

The radical liberal mayor also openly called for defunding the police. He wrote on Facebook: "Defunding is about re-funding," he wrote on Facebook. "Defund the police to re-fund the resources we've been slashing for generations." He also praised Minneapolis' city council for promising to dismantle its police department.

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Jacob is being held at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility with a bail of $620,000. His next court date has not yet been scheduled.

Police say the investigation remains on-going. Officials are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Sebastopol Police Department at 707-829-4400 and refer to report #21-0220.