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Former Illinois rep. Nick Sauer released on bail after appearing in court

Lake County Jail mugshot of Nick Sauer | Provided by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Illinois rep. Nick Sauer surrendered to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday on charges that he posted nude photos of women online. He is now being released after posting $3,000.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday morning that a Lake County grand jury issued a 12 count indictment against Sauer, who is a Lake Barrington resident, for non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images involving two separate victims. All 12 counts are class 4 felonies.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said Thursday afternoon that Sauer surrendered to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and appeared in front of Judge Paul Novak. Sauer is in the process of being released after posting 10 percent of his $30,000 bond.

As part of his bond conditions, Sauer was ordered not to have contact with the victims and he cannot use social media.

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 republican and former member of the Illinois House of Representatives. He represented the 51st district, which includes a portion of Lake County.

Sauer is scheduled to appear in court again on February 6 before Judge Patricia Fix.

Sam Borcia

Senior News Editor at Lake & McHenry County Scanner
Sam has been with Lake and McHenry County Scanner since 2012 as a senior news editor helping cover breaking news for Lake County and McHenry County. He also regularly contributes photographs of news scenes for the Lake County area.
Sam Borcia

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