Ex-Illinois lawmaker ordered off social media after charges

    Nick Sauer Mugshot (Credit: Lake County State's Attorney's Office)

    A judge has ordered a former Illinois legislator accused of posting nude photos of an ex-girlfriend to stay off social media.

    Former state Rep. Nick Sauer on Thursday was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail by Lake County Associate Judge Paul D. Novak. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victims. Sauer was later released after posting bond.

    Sauer, who was indicted Wednesday on 12 felony counts of disseminating private sexual images, was handcuffed as he stood in front of Novak during Thursday's hearing.

    Sauer did not speak during the hearing. Defense attorneys Daniel Locallo and Steve Landis did not comment as they left the courtroom after the hearing.

    The first-term Lake Barrington Republican announced his resignation last year after his ex-girlfriend made the allegations.

    Prosecutors say the charges against Sauer stem from an investigation that revealed two victims.

    A statement received from the Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim on the case is below:

    Lake County State's Attorney, Michael G. Nerheim announced that in late July of last year, he was contacted by the Illinois Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter regarding the possible criminal activities of then Illinois State Representative Nick Sauer. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Division and Cyber Division immediately began an investigation. This morning, a Lake County Grand Jury issued a twelve count Indictment for Mr. Sauer for the offense of Non-consensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images involving 2 separate victims. As charged, these are all Class 4 felonies.
    Our office has been in communication with Mr. Sauer’s attorney and we expect him to surrender himself on these charges by tomorrow morning. We would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts and assistance provided by Illinois Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter, the Chicago Police Department, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
    State's Attorney Nerheim would like to remind the public that all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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