UPDATE: Inmate Found Hanging In County Jail Shower Identified As Man Arrested For Child Molestation

June 13, 2018 8:00 am · 18 comments

An inmate was pronounced dead while in custody on Tuesday morning at the Martinez Detention Facility, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 7:45 a.m., a deputy found the man hanging in a shower.

He was unresponsive and life-saving efforts by medical staff and firefighters responding to the jail were unsuccessful.

The man has been identified as 52-year-old Antioch resident Phillip Jacobson, according to sheriff’s officials.

He was being held on eight felony counts of child molestation. Jacobson was booked into jail on July 11, 2017, and his bail was set at $4,150,000.

The death is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the county’s district attorney.

Consumer B June 13, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Eight felony counts…he did everyone a favor. Although he was probably loved by some of his family members, he molested children.

Poor Richard June 13, 2018 at 1:14 PM

Smart Choice.
I understand convicted child molesters have a rough time in prison.

babytruck June 13, 2018 at 1:21 PM

@ Anonyjumi

I told you so. Held on child molestation. Eight counts. EIGHT. Of a CHILD.

And yet, you say that he is innocent until proven guilty. I guess now he will forever be innocent in your eyes because he can’t go to court. And like you say, being in jail isn’t a choice. Poor guy….


And in your words: KAPEESH??

Shiloh June 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Every once in a while, people need a reminder. You are not innocent *until* you are proven guilty. If you’re guilty, you’re guilty the whole time. You are presumed innocent under the law. Meaning you get a trial. 8 counts of child molestation and he killed himself? I know what I think …

Anon June 13, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Martinez only released this info to make themselves look better. The crime he commited, while although terrible, has nothing to do with the fact the staff let someone die.
You would need a significant modified piece of matierial to hang yourself. He shouldn’t have been allowed in the showers with it.

Wanderer June 13, 2018 at 10:35 PM

People have hung themselves with the simplest of items and when they’re set on doing it, they plan it and most the time plan it so no one stops them. Recent celebrity death – used the cloth belt part of a BATH ROBE.

Munchkin June 14, 2018 at 9:23 PM

People have hanged themselves with a pair of underwear. Unless someone is on suicide watch where they’re literally watched 24×7, a determined person can find a way to hang themselves.

The Mamba June 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM

Bye bye dirtbag.

Stacy June 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

Karma never forgets

Agirl June 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

He carried his own sentence out ..

Agirl June 13, 2018 at 3:27 PM

May I add he did a good job at doing so ..

Jon June 14, 2018 at 3:27 AM

Let all the the molesters hang.

Robert Akins June 14, 2018 at 7:29 AM

Thank you for saving us tax payers a few bucks. And for you innocent until proven guilty people, innocent people don’t kill themselves!!

Chicken Little June 14, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Innocent people don’t kill themselves? That might just be the stupidest thing I’ll read all day.

PH FAn June 14, 2018 at 10:43 AM


Munchkin June 14, 2018 at 9:27 PM

I’m inclined to think he saved the taxpayers a whole lot of money.

Rob R. June 14, 2018 at 10:48 PM

This happens a lot to child molesters in prisons. I very much doubt that it’s suicide.

Robert Akins June 15, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Your probably right about it not being a suicide. But the objective was met!!

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