A Lake County grand jury has indicted former state Rep. Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington on multiple criminal counts for posting nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on a fake Instagram account.
In a statement released Wednesday, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said the Lake County grand jury issued a 12-count indictment against Sauer for the offense of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images. The charges involve two victims.
Each count is a class 4 felony, officials said, and punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
Nerheim said in July he was contacted by Illinois Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter regarding possible criminal activities by Sauer. The Special Investigations Division and Cyber Division for the state’s attorney’s office began an investigation. That investigation culminated in the charges filed against Sauer.
Sauer’s defense attorney indicated the former lawmaker would turn himself in to authorities by Thursday morning.
Sauer, a Republican, resigned from the state House in disgrace last summer after an ex-girlfriend publicly alleged he posted nude photos of her on Instagram.
The woman said Sauer created an Instagram account under her name and posted photos of her there to lure men into graphic discussions.
She initially filed complaints with the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois legislative inspector general’s office. That state office brought the case to Lake County prosecutors.
Sauer was elected to the 51st District seat in 2016. The district includes southern and central Lake County and a small area in Cook County. Before his election to the General Assembly, he served on the Lake County Board and the Barrington Unit District 220 school board.
In the House, Sauer had served on a legislative task force on sexual harassment. In 2017, he co-sponsored legislation designed to require new sexual harassment training for lawmakers.
After Sauer resigned, Republican Party leaders named Helene Miller Walsh to replace him in the House. Miller Walsh lost the seat to Democratic challenger Mary Edly-Allen in November.
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January 9, 2019 at 12:39PM