Sheriff Jeff Boyd of Rock Island Illinois Guilty of Cyberstalking
48 year old Rock Island County Sheriff, Jeffrey Boyd, was up for re-election. He has now withdrawn from the race.
On September 11, 2014, Boyd pled guilty to one count of attempted official misconduct based on attempted cyberstalking. As part of his guilty plea, he resigned and forfeited the pension he earned during his term as Rock Island County Sheriff.
The case was referred from the Illinois State Police to the Public Integrity Bureau for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. It was prosecuted by the Public Integrity Bureau Chief David Navarro and Bill Elward of the Trial Assistance Bureau.
Boyd was accused of using his position as sheriff to intimidate and threaten a woman who he met at a Rock Island gym. Boyd text messaged the woman repeatedly. She asked him to stop and leave her alone, but Boyd then used his position in public office and as a law enforcement officer to intimidate and harass the victim. In June, Boyd made a threat against the victim in an anonymous text message.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated:
“Mr. Boyd was elected by the people of Rock Island County to serve as its top law enforcement officer, but unfortunately he attempted to use his position to intimidate and stalk his victim. 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.”
In Illinois, a first offense for harassment that includes cyberstalking, carries a sentence of up to 6 months, but sentences can also be imposed for probation and conditional discharge. The Attorney General’s press release does not state whether Boyd received jail time in his sentencing and it appears that his resignation and forfeiting of his pension were established as penalties.