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Former state prison superintendent in Kane diversion program

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – Kye D. Gaffey, the former superintendent of Illinois Prison Schools, was accepted into Kane County’s pretrial diversion program Wednesday, court records show.

Gaffey, 41, of Sterling, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal damage to property in August in connection with an incident at his wife’s ex-husband’s house in St. Charles. 

Gaffey appeared before Kane County Associate Judge Elizabeth Flood at branch court in St. Charles, where he was accepted into the diversion program.

Gaffey said he will have to pay a fee of $570 to be in the program, serve 50 hours of community service and not be charged with any other crime for nine months. After that, the charges will be dismissed.

The diversion program allows nonviolent, first-time offenders to accept responsibility for their criminal activity and keep convictions off their record, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s website.

Gaffey’s wife, Jennifer Gaffey, 42, also was charged in the incident, but her court appearance was rescheduled to next month, Gaffey said.

Gaffey said the couple went to his wife’s ex-husband’s house to check on the living conditions of their 6-year-old son. The ex-husband and his current girlfriend and family were away on vacation, and a neighbor who was watching the house reported the Gaffeys as intruders to police, resulting in their arrests.

In retrospect, Gaffey said he should have called the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to report their concerns, rather than go to the house and try to document them himself.

Gaffey, who was superintendent of the state’s juvenile prison schools, was fired from his $110,244 position in August, a spokesman for the state prison system said.

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