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Former DeKalb superintendent wants 'revenge porn' case dismissed

SYCAMORE – Former DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Doug Moeller has asked a judge to dismiss charges he violated the state’s “revenge porn” statute.

Moeller’s attorney, Gary Johnson, filed a motion to dismiss Dec. 5, court records show.

Moeller is due in court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 23. Moeller, 61, of Elgin, was arrested by DeKalb police April 13, 2018, and accused of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, which is punishable by one to three years in prison. He has been free on $1,000 bail since the morning of his arrest.

Moeller also was granted leave to travel to Winona, Minnesota, from July 11 to 14, records show. Moeller has no conditions, such as electronic home monitoring, associated with his bond. It’s not the first time DeKalb County Judge Phillip Montgomery has granted Moeller leave during his court proceedings. Moeller was also allowed to travel to Minnesota in July 2018.

It also is the second time he’s filed a motion to dismiss the case, records show. On June 15, 2018, Moeller pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors allege Moeller paid a former student to buy a cellphone, which Moeller used to anonymously send three compromising photos of a former district employee to two District 428 Board members in February 2017.

Moeller sent the photos to the board members without the person’s permission, prosecutors said. The images were sent a day after the board approved a separation agreement with Moeller, court records show.

Moeller was placed on paid leave from his job as District 428 superintendent in September 2016, days after Michele Albano, his pick to be the new principal of DeKalb High School, secured an emergency order of protection against him.

In the complaint seeking an order of protection, Albano said that Moeller had become upset with her after she spurned his advances. She said he threatened to ruin her career and intimidated her with a gun.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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