Illinois sheriff admits misconduct in
cyber stalking case, resigns
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[September 12, 2014]
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A western Illinois
county sheriff pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted official
misconduct and agreed to resign for attempting to cyber stalk an
undocumented immigrant woman, officials said on Thursday.
Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, resigned as part of
his plea agreement and withdrew his re-election candidacy in the
November election, according to a statement from Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan.
He also forfeited his sheriff's pension, and is forbidden from
contacting the woman, who is from Mexico.
Boyd, who has been with the sheriff's office for 24 years, allegedly
used his position to intimidate and threaten the woman, who he met
at a Rock Island gym, Madigan's office said.
Boyd pursued her with repeated text messages, according to Madigan's
office. After she asked him to leave her alone, Boyd continued his
pursuit, attempting to use his position as a law enforcement officer
to intimidate and harass her, the statement said.
In June, Boyd sent her a vulgar message in Spanish which caused her
"emotional distress," according to court documents.
"My office sought his resignation and criminal conviction to ensure
he can no longer abuse the power that the people of Rock Island
County entrusted in him," Madigan said.
Boyd received 12 months of probation.
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"What a setback for Rock Island County," said Boyd's lawyer, Jeffrey
Lang, who called Boyd "an exceptional sheriff."
"But he's human and as a human he made a mistake," Lang said. "It
had a high price on it."
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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