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Crime & Courts

Gahlbeck's bond reduced in sex offender registry case

SYCAMORE — Robert D. Gahlbeck, the sex offender accused of not updating his address with police, was expected to spend Friday night at Quality Inn in Sycamore.

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert agreed to reduce Gahlbeck's bond from $10,000 to $1,000, requiring a posting of $100 bail in order to be released from DeKalb County Jail.

Gahlbeck, 58, formerly of the 1100 block of Golf Court, DeKalb, will be put on non-restrictive GPS while his case is pending. He is not allowed to travel within 1,000 feet of the victims' homes.

"He is moving from hotel to hotel," Stuckert said. "It would be difficult to restrict him."

Gahlbeck has said that he is homeless. He was living at Motel 6 in Sycamore but checked out July 17 without notifying police within three days, authorities have said. Gahlbeck was sentenced to four years' probation July 11 after pleading guilty to attempt of child pornography.

If convicted of violating the sex offender registry, Gahlbeck would face up to five years in prison. He is next due in court Aug. 22.

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