Crime & Courts

Former Hebron Village President John Jacobson set for jury trial

Jacobson accused of possessing cocaine, shotgun in 2016 case

John G. Jacobson, 71, of the 12300 block of Jacob Avenue, Hebron
John G. Jacobson, 71, of the 12300 block of Jacob Avenue, Hebron

Monday will mark the first day of a jury trial for former Hebron Village President John G. Jacobson, who was arrested after police said they found him passed out after a night of smoking crack cocaine.

Jacobson appeared in court for the last time before the trial Wednesday, as final pieces of evidence were exchanged between attorneys.

The trial is scheduled to begin at
10 a.m. in Room 304 of the McHenry County Courthouse.

Jacobson faces charges of possession of a firearm with a revoked firearm owner’s identification card, possession of a controlled substance, possession of ammunition without a FOID card and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A conviction of possession of a controlled substance could land him between two and five years in prison.

Representatives from the Crystal Lake law firm Donahue and Walsh, which represents Jacobson, were not available for comment. Reached by phone Thursday, Jacobson declined to comment.

Police said they were called to Jacobson’s Hebron home May 17, 2016, and found him taking shallow breaths while lying on the master bathroom floor in only his underwear.

Emergency responders took Jacobson to the hospital, and he later was released.

While inside Jacobson’s home, an officer reported seeing in plain view what appeared to be a used crack pipe, an unmarked orange pill bottle containing suspected crack rocks and a pornographic DVD sitting in the open tray of a DVD player in the next room, according to police reports.

A woman who was with Jacobson at the time, Jeanna Rosing, told officers that he had been drinking and slipped away into his room to smoke crack, police reports stated.

The two played a game of strip Rummy, and the woman said Jacobson intentionally turned up the heat in the house so she would want to take off her clothes.

Rosing went on to tell police that he was acting “really pervy” and “creepy,” asking her to get naked and lie in bed with him, although she refused, police reports stated.

She was arrested on unrelated warrants for retail theft, and denied drinking alcohol or smoking crack that evening.

A subsequent search of Jacobson’s home revealed drugs, paraphernalia, a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun and 140 rounds of ammunition, according to police reports.

Rosing – along with McHenry County Sheriff’s officers, Illinois State Police detectives and forensic experts – are among a list of witnesses who could be called to testify at trial.

This wasn’t Jacobson’s first brush with the law.

The 71-year-old faced drug charges during his 2013 campaign after police said they found crack cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

After winning the election, Jacobson pleaded guilty to those charges and kept his seat in office, but in October 2013, he later faced charges of driving under the influence in Wisconsin.

He finished his probationary sentence in July 2014.

That same year, village trustees publicly questioned his leadership, and a Northwest Herald investigation found that Jacobson had been receiving and forwarding photos of naked children and adult pornographic images using McHenry County College’s email system when he was dismissed as a custodian there in 2013.

Jacobson dismissed calls for his resignation.

He lost his village seat to Kimberly Martinez last year.

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