Police report offers more details into Jacobson's arrest

HEBRON – A tipster referenced in the police report from the arrest of John Jacobson claims that the Hebron village president-elect was trading crack cocaine to college students for sexual favors.

The anonymous tip, which started an investigation that eventually led to Jacobson's arrest Jan. 15, claimed that Jacobson hosted house parties each weekend with "college-aged females who attend McHenry County College," according to the McHeny County Sheriff's Department report. The Northwest Herald obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Jacobson, who also has a still-pending charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, worked in the building maintenance department at MCC before he was fired after the arrest.

Jacobson, who was elected this week with 61 percent of the vote over incumbent Frank Beatty, is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. About 3 grams of crack cocaine were found in the car, police said.

Given his recent election victory, the McHenry County's State's Attorney Office says Hebron politics won't play a factor in their decisions on Jacobson's case.

"We will treat him like any other similarly situated defendant," Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said.

The state's attorney said he will not request that the embattled president-elect step down.

"The people of Hebron selected him as mayor, and I wouldn't want to interject our opinion into the democratic process," Bianchi said.

After learning that the Northwest Herald had obtained the police report, Jacobson said he was coached by police the evening he was pulled over. He again said he was innocent and that police told him they'd "make it go away" if he told him what they wanted to hear.

"I said stuff that's in that police report because they told me if you say things we want, we'll make this disappear – all this stuff," Jacobson said.

The report says Jacobson's "demeanor immediately changed" when police asked to search his car after stopping him for speeding Jan. 15.

When asked whether the K-9 would find anything in the car, Jacobson said he'd lent the vehicle to a man the previous day, and that the man uses marijuana and cocaine, according to the report.

On Thursday, he admitted that there was cocaine in the car but said it belonged to someone who'd borrowed his car the previous day, or to a man that person had picked up.

In the copy of the report provided to the Northwest Herald, the Sheriff's Office has redacted much of the dialogue between police and Jacobson.

"They said, 'You tell us what we want to hear, .... we'll make it go away,' " Jacobson said. "So that's what I did."

Jacobson is due in court May 22. If convicted of a felony, he would be removed from his elected position, according to the Illinois Municipal Code. However, he would be eligible to serve if acquitted or convicted of a misdemeanor charge.

• Northwest Herald reporter Chelsea McDougall contributed to this report.

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