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Earlville woman accused of recording conversation without school nurse’s consent

An Earlville woman is being held at DeKalb County Jail on a complaint of eavesdropping, after authorities said she recorded a conversation with an Indian Creek School District nurse without permission.

Brooke E. Blockringer, 37, had secretly recorded a phone conversation between her and the school nurse on Sept. 23, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said.

During their investigation, the sheriff’s office learned Blockringer called the school district to obtain COVID-19 medical information regarding a specific student. Blockringer recorded the phone conversation without the consent of the school nurse, the sheriff’s office said. The school nurse didn’t release any medical information to Blockringer.

Blockringer later sent the audio recording to Indian Creek school officials.

A warrant was issued for a charge of eavesdropping, which is a class 4 felony, punishable of up to a 1 to 3 year prison sentence.

Blockringer turned herself in at the DeKalb County Jail and is being held with bond set at $10,000 — $1,000 necessary for release.

Illinois’ eavesdropping laws require both parties to consent to a recorded conversation.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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