The number of crimes alleged against Bob’s Diner owner has ballooned from three to 130, according to prosecutors.
Robert Iacobellis, 60, of Manhattan, appeared via video from the Riley County Jail at a status hearing Tuesday in Riley County District Court. An attorney representing the state said that an amended complaint lists 130 offenses.
He is charged with 125 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, one count of rape and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
Each count is a separate alleged incident with three different victims, which are said to have occurred between 2012 to 2018. Ninety-three of the charges stem from incidents with a then 9- or 10-year-old girl, 25 counts from incidents with a then 15-year-old girl, and 12 counts from incidents with a then 11-year-old girl.
Attorney Phylemon Yau, who had been representing Iacobellis, also said the area public defenders office had submitted a motion to withdraw from representing Iacobellis because it had a conflict of interest with the new charges being filed.
Judge William Malcolm appointed attorneys Brenda Jordan and Lora Ingels to represent Iacobellis.
Malcolm continued the status hearing to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the courthouse.
Iacobellis remains confined in jail on a $500,000 bond.
Iacobellis’ daughter, Jamie, took out a paid ad on the front page of The Mercury on Wednesday claiming her father’s innocence. She declined to be interviewed.
The Riley County Police Department said Tuesday the case is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact lead detective Brian Johnson at 785-473-2323.