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Will County sheriff’s office deputy chief seeks to dismiss lawsuit

Ken Kaupas

Ken Kaupas

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Updated: May 1, 2014 7:04AM



Ken Kaupas, the Will County Sheriff’s deputy chief and a candidate for the sheriff’s post, filed a motion this week to dismiss a lawsuit against him in which a former deputy alleges he was forced to create a pornographic DVD and hack into an iPad.

The lawsuit was filed by Joseph Fazio, who had been a Will County deputy for more than six years and alleges that Kaupas in 2010 forced him to create the pornographic DVD and send it to an officer who was attending the FBI Academy.

Fazio also alleges that Kaupas in 2012 forced him to crack the passcode and gain access to Kaupas’s wife’s iPad and provide information it contained so Kaupas could investigate “whether she was cheating on him,” according to the lawsuit.

Fazio alleges that he complained to his supervisor about the unethical actions and that he was forced to transfer to another division with less pay as retaliation.

Fazio quit on Nov. 7, 2012 and filed the lawsuit about a year later against Kaupas and Will County. Sheriff Paul Kaupas, who is Ken’s cousin, told Fazio he “should have just kept his mouth shut and did what he was told,” according to the lawsuit.

It also alleges defamation, stating that Ken Kaupas told police and government officials that Fazio was “not trustworthy, a thief, a fake and could not do his job.”

Ken Kaupas’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in Will County Court in Joliet on April 15.

Kaupas narrowly won the Republican nomination for Will County sheriff in the March 18 primary, according to unofficial results.

The county, and not Kaupas, is the defendant named in a third count of the lawsuit, which alleges a violation of the Illinois Personnel Record Review Act. Fazio claims the county will not give him a copy of his personnel records.



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