New York Times Praised Mayor Arrested On Child Related Charges

( Earlier this month, a Sonoma County Superior Court judge ruled that the criminal case against former Sebastopol, California mayor Robert Jacob can go to trial.

Jacob, who was arrested in April 2021, faces eight counts related to child sexual assault stemming from incidents that occurred between December 2019 and March 2021 after he was no longer mayor.

During the three-hour preliminary hearing, one of Jacob’s victims, a 16-year-old boy, testified that he had engaged in multiple sexual encounters with Robert Jacob, exchanged nude photos with the guy, and was forced to have sex with other men while he was blindfolded.

The boy claims to have met the former mayor on the dating app Grindr sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. During their chats, the boy told Jacob that he was underage. The pair corresponded for several weeks and exchanged nude photos. Eventually, the boy said he started visiting the now-41-year-old at his Sebastopol home where their relationship grew “more sexual after we met.”

After each sexual encounter, Jacob paid the boy $75.

But when Jacob invited another man to join in their sexual activity, the boy grew “concerned” because he didn’t know the man.

The “relationship” ended after Jacob told the boy that his husband did not approve.

But in 2013 when Robert Jacob was first selected by the city council to serve as the first openly gay mayor of Sebastopol, California, the New York Times ran a feature on Jacob’s “political ascendancy.”

Isn’t that always the case?

The Times was especially enamored with the guy because he was the first person “from the medical marijuana industry to become a mayor of an American city.” The Times saw Jacob’s selection as mayor of Sebastopol as a sign of the “wider social acceptance” of pot smoking.

According to the New York Times feature, Jacob could be seen as a “symbol of how federal laws” on marijuana are lagging “behind the times.” The Times fretted that Jacob could become an “inviting target.”

So here the New York Times was worried that Jacob being a medical marijuana dealer might make him an “inviting target” when in reality, the “inviting target” was Jacob’s underage victim.