A man convicted of rape in Illinois was not allowed to go to prison.
Instead, he was ordered to serve two years of home detention and fined $1,000.
But that didn’t stop him from leaving the state in 2015, and his arrest on rape charges in Illinois became the subject of a series of high-profile and highly publicized cases across the country.
Illinois Judge William Zloch, a conservative judge who has been accused of using his position to advance his political agenda, was found guilty of violating the state’s election laws and fined at least $6,000 last year.
He was the subject, along with two other judges, of an ethics complaint.
He remains suspended pending appeal.
The judge also faces a criminal trial in Illinois over a sexual assault case that resulted in the death of a former aide who prosecutors say was forced to perform oral sex on him in his office.
In his first court appearance in Chicago, Zlich was charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a person less than 14 years old and one count of making criminal threats against a public official.
Zloch was a conservative who was elected to his current position in 2016 by a large margin, but has been embroiled in controversies over his judicial record, including a 2016 incident in which he allowed a jury to convict a woman of rape, even though she said she consented to sex after being repeatedly raped by her ex-boyfriend.
A few months after that conviction, a federal judge ordered Zlch to resign, saying he had abused his judicial powers and failed to uphold the integrity of the court system.
Zoloch is also the subject in several cases of misconduct allegations by former staff members who allege they were harassed, abused or retaliated against because of their alleged sexual orientation.
He has also been accused by a number of female staff members of inappropriate behavior.
In 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported that Zluchs family had given $6 million to a nonprofit that provides legal aid to gay men and lesbians, but the organization was sued by two women who claimed Zluzich harassed them.
In the Tribune article, two former staffers said they had been sexually harassed by Zlozich while working for him.
In response to a request for comment from The Associated Press, a spokesman for the judge did not respond to an email seeking comment.
In addition to the ethics complaint filed in 2016, the Tribune reported Zlachs wife had filed for divorce from Zlucha last year after he had been married to her for 20 years.
In 2015 he was convicted of misdemeanor rape and sentenced to two years in prison for violating a restraining order.
In 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that overturned his conviction for violating his own restraining order after he was released from prison after serving nearly a year in jail for assault charges.