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Sheriff accuses former deputy of perjury

WOODSTOCK – Attorneys for McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren are accusing a former deputy of perjury and say a federal lawsuit he filed should be tossed as a result.

Zane Seipler is suing Nygren and several other members of the department, alleging that he was fired for blowing the whistle on racial profiling.

As part of the lawsuit, Seipler received confidential documents that were under court order not to be revealed, but attorneys for the sheriff said Seipler posted them on an anonymous blog.

"The Real MCSD Exposed" website has since been removed.

"The documents were highly confidential and contained personal information about third-party officers, causing them embarrassment and damage to their reputations," attorney Elizabeth K. Barton wrote in the court filing.

Seipler submitted an affidavit saying that he did not know who owns the website, has not knowingly had a conversation with the owner, and did not disseminate the documents.

But Jim Sotos, also an attorney representing the sheriff, said that a subpoena to Google revealed that Seipler's personal e-mail address was listed as a secondary e-mail for the blog and that the IP addresses matched.

An attorney for Seipler has been unavailable for comment.

Attorneys for the sheriff said Seipler "willfully lied" to the court and that it was a "stunning display of brazen misconduct."

"[I]nstead of admitting to this abhorrent behavior, Plaintiff submitted a false affidavit to this Court, which he signed under penalty of perjury, stating that he had no knowledge of the blog's author or how the documents appeared on the blog," they said.

They are asking that Seipler's case be dismissed with prejudice so that it cannot be refiled.
 

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