Former Illinois state representative and Lake Barrington resident Nick Sauer has been charged with 12 felonies for allegedly posting nude photos online of two people without their permission.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday morning that a Lake County grand jury issued a 12 count indictment against Sauer for non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images involving two separate victims. All 12 counts are 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,” the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said.
Illinois Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter notified the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in July about the allegations against Sauer.
Sauer resigned hours after a report was published by POLITICO detailing the allegations. In a criminal complaint filed by Kate Kelly, Sauer’s former girlfriend, she said that Sauer used an Instagram account to catfish men.
“Nick would use this account to direct message men with my photos to engage in graphic conversations of a sexual nature. The men believed they were communicating with me and Nick shared private details of my life,” Kelly said.
Sauer is a former member of the Illinois House of Representatives. He represented the 51st district, which includes a portion of Lake County.