Lawyer gets probation for cutting monitoring device

Special to the Tribune

A Chicago attorney who cut off a court-ordered monitoring device he was wearing while out on bond for violating an order of protection was sentenced in Cook County Circuit Court today to two years probation and ordered to enter a treatment program for alcohol abuse.

Bruce Jorgensen, 53, of the 1100 block of North LaSalle Street, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to government property during a hearing before Judge Hyman Riebman in Rolling Meadows branch court.

Jorgensen, formerly of Streamwood, still faces another charge of criminal damage to government property for cutting off a subsequent monitoring device, prosecutors said. He still faces the charge of violating an order of protection filed in Rolling Meadows branch court that led to the monitoring device on his ankle.

In Monday’s plea, Jorgensen agreed to enter a 60-day residential treatment program that will allow him to work during the normal business week.

The case stems from a May 2 incident in which probation officers lost the signal from Jorgensen’s monitoring device, prosecutors said. The device had been tampered with and Jorgensen was arrested a few days later, prosecutors said.

He was given another monitoring device, but in June, Jorgensen was arrested again for removing the device, prosecutors said. Officers found the device in his residence, prosecutors said.

Jorgensen has a previous conviction for misdemeanor battery stemming from a bar fight in 1997 for which he served 15 months probation, prosecutors said.

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