Crime & Courts

Ex-cop pleads not guilty to new charges of domestic battery

Michael Seyller
Michael Seyller

A Lake in the Hills man, who is a former East Dundee police officer, was arraigned Tuesday on new charges of aggravated domestic battery involving the same woman he is accused of beating in April.

Michael Seyller, 46, was out on pre-trial bond on several felony charges including aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery on Aug. 27 when he allegedly committed violent acts against the same woman.

In court Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to aggravated domestic battery/strangle, domestic battery/bodily harm, domestic battery/physical contact, violation of bail bond/family member, and interfering with the report of domestic violence, according to documents at the McHenry County courthouse.

His alleged victim was in court Tuesday and told McHenry County judge Michael Coppedge that though she appreciates the state’s attorney’s efforts to keep her safe, the GPS ankle bracelet that Seyller has been wearing as part of his pre-trial bond has “turned her life upside down.”

She said, because it does not work properly, it has “caused intrusions” on her life and police have called and arrived at her home at all hours of the night.

“Why do I have to share my whereabouts,” she said. “There is a consistent police presence at my house.”

The woman said, because of the intrusions, she has had to move to her parent’s house in another town.

The police have become a “daily reminder of what life has become … a nightmare,” she said.

Coppedge said he sympathizes with her and encouraged her to stay in touch with the state’s attorneys office.

Coppedge set 9 a.m. Thursday for the case to be heard in front of Judge Robert Wilbrandt, the original judge hearing the case. Seyller also faces revocation of his pre-trial bond.

For his April case, Seyller posted $6,000 of a $60,000 bond. On the new charges, he posted the required $20,000 of his $200,000 bond, according to records.

After the first set of charges were filed against Seyller in April, when he allegedly punched the woman and fired a gun at her, he bonded out. The woman then appeared with him in court in May and asked now-retired Judge Sharon Prather if he could return to the home, citing financial troubles.

In August, he was back in jail for allegedly pushing the woman to the ground, choking her and repeatedly striking her when she tried to stop him from driving drunk, according to a Lake in the Hills police report. As he was choking her, he told the woman she was “going to die” and to “go to sleep,” according to the report.

Prior to the recent cases, at least two other women have been identified in police reports and court records alleging Seyller had abused them as well. These allegations never resulted prison time.

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