Crime & Courts

Judge revokes former East Dundee police officer's bond

Michael Seyller, 46, of the 5500 block of Chantilly Circle, Lake in the Hills.
Michael Seyller, 46, of the 5500 block of Chantilly Circle, Lake in the Hills.

A former East Dundee police officer accused of domestic battery was released from jail Thursday, hours after a judge revoked and increased the man's bond.

Prosecutors on Tuesday asked to increase Michael D. Seyller's bond, after learning he allegedly stayed in a hotel with the woman he's accused of beating on two occasions. Having contact with the woman would have been a violation of both his bond and a no-contact order filed against him in August.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt revoked Seyller's bond and increased it to $100,000. Since a family member previously posted $60,000 on Seyller's behalf, he only needed pay $4,000 to be released.

Now Seyller, 46, must abide by a strict set of conditions, including a curfew and random drug and alcohol screenings.

A home monitoring system will notify police if Seyller is anywhere other than his parents' house in Hampshire between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. He also must undergo a psychological evaluation and an anger assessment, Wilbrandt ordered.

"If there are any violations of the new bond, I'm going to lock him up and not let him out until the trial," Wilbrandt said.

The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office filed a petition Tuesday seeking to increase Seyller's bond. According to the petition, Lake in the Hills police responded about 4:50 a.m. Monday to the 5500 block of Chantilly Circle for a well-being check. Officers had been alerted after Seyller's GPS monitoring bracelet sent a signal that he might have been in an unauthorized location, according to the petition.

When police arrived at the home, however, neither Seyller nor the alleged victim were there. Hampshire police didn't find Seyller at his parents' house either, where he supposedly was staying while free on bond.

The officers eventually traced Seyller's GPS device to a Comfort Inn and Suites in Elgin, where he was staying in room that had been reserved using the alleged victim's name, according to the petition. Officers believed Seyller and the alleged victim were in the room together, but the pair did not open the door.

The state's attorney's office also discovered about 80 recorded phone calls that Seyller placed from the jail to the alleged victim.

"Defendant cautions [the alleged victim] that they will have to be careful and even suggests they may have to meet up at hotels," McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Ann Scholl wrote in the petition. "Further, he tells her that she needs to appear as though she is cooperating with the state so they don't question her commitment."

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