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Wife’s restraining order against Lakemoor president alleges physical abuse

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:38 a.m. CDT

LAKEMOOR – A request for a restraining order filed in Lake County Court accuses the Lakemoor village president of abusing his wife and children, threatening his wife with a gun and kicking her while she was pregnant, according to court records.

Lakemoor Village President Ryan Todd Weihofen has not been charged with anything related to the allegations made by his wife, Kerri Weihofen, in the emergency order of protection filed with Lake County in late April.

Kerri Weihofen filed for divorce at the same time that she asked for the restraining order. The two cases have been merged.

Todd Weihofen’s attorney, Jeffrey Ericksen of Ericksen, Poell & Carpenter, said the emergency order of protection was vacated after a petition was submitted, arguing that Todd Weihofen was not notified of any proceeding, that the allegations were untrue and that her petition was filed to interfere with or jeopardize his position as village president.

A order signed by a Lake County judge in mid-May said the order of protection “will expire on its own terms.”

An order of protection is one-sided, Todd Weihofen said, because they are designed to protect victims of abuse. That means, however, that it doesn’t give the chance for the other side to be heard.

Todd Weihofen has since been granted visitation rights three times a week for two of his children, according to court records. Another child has to consent to the visits.

The petition submitted by Kerri Weihofen details two incidents and said that for the past two years, off and on, Todd Weihofen has been “extremely verbally abusive and controlling with [her] and the kids.”

“He has kicked our sons, kicked our son out of the house and has pulled him out of bed,” she said in the petition. “He has been physical with me in the past. He has choked, spit at me, thrown things at me, punched walls, threatened me with a gun, kneed me on the back, he has kicked me while pregnant and more. I’m scared that he will become physical with me and/or the kids again.”

Kerri Weihofen called the police after an April incident she identifies in the petition, according to Wauconda police dispatch records.

The police have been called to the house twice, Todd Weihofen said.

Neither side would comment on the proceedings of the case due to an order issued by the judge.

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