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Ex-school official faces new charges

Records say he threatened daughter’s mother

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Kye Gaffey

STERLING – A former Dixon school administrator was arrested last week after, police say, he violated an order of protection filed against him by the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.

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 also 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 4 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 2 school years.

Until recently, Gaffey was the superindent 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 say that he and Jennifer went to her ex-husband’s house to check on the living conditions of Jennifer’s son.

As the family was on vacation, the house was being looked after by a neighbor, who noticed the Gaffeys and reported their presence to police.

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, the Kane County Chronicle reports. After paying a $570 fee, serving 50 hours of community service, and refraining from being charged with any other crime for 9 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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