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Police: Gaffey arrested after violating order of protection

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

STERLING – A former superintendent of the Illinois Juvenile Prison Schools was arrested last week after he violated an order of protection filed against him by the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, police said.

Kye Gaffey, 41, of Sterling, was arrested at his home at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sterling Police Detective J.D. Sanders said, and was given notice to appear.

Sanders said he couldn’t comment on what that violation was specifically.

Also last week, Gaffey was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for an alleged altercation that occurred between him and his daughter’s mother, Nicole Dettman, on April 28.

It was this event that originally sparked Dettman to obtain an emergency order of protection against him.

According to court documents, just after 6 p.m. April 28, Gaffey and Dettman had a fight that stemmed from a comment about an improperly installed car seat, culminating with Gaffey entering Dettman’s home.

When Dettman, holding their daughter, asked him to leave, Gaffey instead moved to within 6 to 8 inches of her and, “pointing his finger in an aggressive manner,” said, “You’re going to be [expletive] sorry. I’m going to put you in the [expletive] ground if you keep making me look like a stalker.”

He then left the home.

In 2009, Gaffey was named athletic director at Dixon High School, where he had been assistant principal for four years.

He was athletic director for a year before becoming principal at Auburn High School in Rockford.

Near the end of his first year, the school board voted to dismiss him, but wouldn’t say why. He was the fourth principal to serve within two school years.

Until recently, Gaffey was the superintendent of the Illinois Juvenile Prison Schools. He was fired in August after being arrested with his wife, Jennifer, 42, of Sterling, in St. Charles on misdemeanor charges of trespass and criminal damage.

Police said that he and Jennifer went to her ex-husband’s house to check on the living conditions of Jennifer’s son.

According to police reports, a neighbor reported the Gaffeys were inside the house while the family was away on vacation.

Jennifer Gaffey’s ex-husband later filed an emergency order of protection against the two.

Kye Gaffey has since been accepted into Kane County’s pretrial diversion program.

After paying a $570 fee, serving 50 hours of community service and refraining from being charged with any other crime for nine months, his charges will be dismissed.

It’s unclear whether last week’s Whiteside County charges will affect his enrollment in the program.

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