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Sex offender accused of not updating address: 'I'm homeless'

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:18 p.m. CDT
Robert D. Gahlbeck, charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

SYCAMORE – Robert D. Gahlbeck, the sex offender accused of failing to notify police of an address change, limped to his seat when he appeared in court Wednesday.

Gahlbeck, 58, formerly of the 1100 block of Golf Court, DeKalb, told Associate Judge John McAdams that he was walking to his wife's house Tuesday when he passed out along Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb.

The next thing he knew, he was in Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb with three IV's in his body, and doctors were treating him for foot problems and a possible cyst in his chest, Gahlbeck said. He was taken to DeKalb County Jail a few hours later.

When McAdams asked Gahlbeck if he would be able to post $1,000 bail, Gahlbeck responded, "No, I'm homeless, sir." Court records show that Gahlbeck agreed not to live at the Golf Court home while his divorce is pending, as his wife owned the home for more than a year before their marriage. The divorce case, filed in March, remains pending.

Police arrested Gahlbeck about 9 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital after a judge issued a warrant for him earlier that day on allegations of violating the sex offender registry.

Gahlbeck was sentenced to four years' probation July 11 after pleading guilty to attempted child pornography.

He was accused in March 2013 of tying up a relative and her friend, both younger than 13 years old at the time, and placing duct tape over their mouths, court records show. Gahlbeck hung the girls by their bound wrists from hooks on his bedroom ceiling and photographed them wearing clothing, according to court records.

Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson said Gahlbeck checked out of Motel 6 in Sycamore on Thursday and failed to tell police where he was going to live. State law requires sex offenders to notify authorities of an address change within three days.

If convicted of violating the sex offender registery, Gahlbeck would face up to five years in prison. He is next due in court July 29.

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