Rep. Nick Sauer, R-Lake Barrington, a first-term lawmaker and member of an Illinois House sexual discrimination task force, resigned Wednesday after allegations that he uploaded nude photos of an ex-girlfriend using a fake social media account.
Politico reported Wednesday that the woman has filed complaints with Chicago police and the legislative inspector general against Sauer, claiming that he used a fake Instagram account to lure other men into “graphic” discussions about her private life.
“My ability to fulfill my obligations as a state representative and public servant will be affected by the distraction of addressing these allegations,” Sauer wrote in his resignation letter.
Many of Sauer’s fellow lawmakers agreed that his resignation was appropriate.
“These are very serious allegations, and Rep. Nick Sauer has made the right decision to resign his seat in the Illinois House of Representatives,” Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said in a statement.
Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said he knows Sauer well and was surprised and outraged by the accusations.
“I’m glad he’s resigning,” McSweeney said. “I believe he will likely face criminal prosecution if the charges are true.”
Under the state of Illinois’ “revenge porn” statute, a person commits nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, a Class 4 felony, if he or she intentionally disseminates an image of another person who is at least 18 years old, identifiable from the image or from information displayed in connection with the image, and engaged in a sexual act or whose intimate parts are exposed in whole or in part.
The offender also must have obtained the image knowing or understanding that the image was to remain private, and must have known the person in the image did not consent to the dissemination.
The 51st House District encompasses most of Lake County, including Libertyville and Lake Zurich. Sauer had been seeking re-election in November against Democratic candidate Mary Edly-Allen and independent candidate Jay Murphy.
• The Associated Press contributed to this report.