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Special prosecutor requested to investigate Metro East judge suspected of battery, solicitation of sexual act

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Judge Ronald Duebbert (Credit: KMOV) Judge Ronald Duebbert (Credit: KMOV)
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St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly filed paperwork Thursday to request a special prosecutor to investigate a circuit judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit. The request doesn't mention a name, but says the judge is suspected of battery and solicitation of a sexual act. Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson granted the request Friday.

Gleeson told News 4 that a judge under investigation is generally put on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded. He said one judge has been on administrative leave for months, and there will only be one judge on administrative leave during the investigation by the special prosecutor.

Judge Ronald Duebbert was placed on administrative leave after he became tied to a murder investigation in Belleville. Duebbert's former roommate, David Fields who is a convicted felon, was charged with murder. Major Case Squad detectives who investigated the homicide that led to the charges against Fields, recommended that Duebbert be charged with obstruction of justice. No charges were ever returned against the judge.

In a News 4 story that aired in May, Duebbert's attorney told investigative reporter Chris Nagus that she thought Duebbert was being targeted because he's a gay Republican. 

When Duebbert was asked if he thought he had a target on his back he said, "Yeah, I'm tempted to say there's not a target on my back, it's on the front, back and the sides."

If convicted on both charges, Duebbert could be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

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