Monday, October 29 2012, 08:48 PM CDT
New Details into Stalking Petition Filed Against Champaign Mayor
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY--According to the petition Laura Huth filed against Mayor Don Gerard last week, the two were involved in a romantic relationship between April of 2011 and July of this year.
Shortly after the pair split, Huth claims she was threatened.
On July 30th after Huth removed some of her belongings from the mayor's home she received a text message saying "House ransacked, items missing, Calling police."
Bruce Racliffe who is representing Gerard in the case told me on the phone "This isn't a story, instead it's a squabble between people who used to date, and may or may not have had a business relationship."
But Laura Huth's attorney says the court documents speak for themselves.
This is a clip of a message Gerard left on Huth's voicemail on September 6th: "There is an early termination fee but I can go ahead and pay that, uh, but don't worry, your phone will be cut off and I'll make sure to reach out personally and contact all of your, ah, clients and let them know why you don't have a phone and the circumstances and such."
Gerard and Huth shared a phone plan, and the mayor claims he wrote Huth a check for the bill, but she never paid it.
Huth says as a result of Gerard's threats and what she called disparaging remarks about her appearance, she was affected mentally and physically to the extent she lost 20 pounds.
Huth says during periods of civility between the two Gerard told her "I know you feel you can't live without me, and you may not be able to live without me."
Last week Tuesday, Huth says she received an email from the mayor inviting her to a community walk to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
Reported By Liz Lohuis