PAXTON — A former special agent for the Illinois State Police who has had multiple run-ins with the law in recent years was found guilty Tuesday of felonious disorderly conduct for calling 911 and falsely reporting that someone was coming to his home to physically assault him.
Following a two-hour bench trial in Ford County Circuit Court, Judge Matt Fitton found Bradley J. Cluver, 61, of Gibson City, guilty of the Class 4 felony and set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. May 14.
State’s Attorney Andrew Killian called one witness to testify — Ford County sheriff’s deputy Kevin Conrad — and introduced into evidence three recordings of Cluver calling 911 on July 27, 2017.
Conrad, then an officer with the Gibson City Police Department, said he responded to three 911 calls made by Cluver over the course of 4 1/2 hours, finding upon arrival that there was no emergency necessitating the use of 911. Following the first two calls, Conrad said he warned Cluver to not call 911 again for non-emergency issues.
After receiving the second warning, Cluver apologized for making the calls, and he gave his cell phone to another member of his household to prevent him from making additional calls to 911, Conrad said.
However, Conrad said that around 9:35 that same evening, he was dispatched for a third time to Cluver’s home after Cluver had called 911 to report that an individual was coming to his home to physically assault him.
When Conrad arrived at the residence, Cluver, who had admitted to Conrad that he was drinking alcohol throughout the day, told him that the alleged threat “may have been made three or four hours ago” but not at the time he called 911.
Conrad said he remained on scene for some 30 minutes before arresting Cluver for making a false report.
Cluver, represented by public defender David Rumley of Bloomington, was a special agent for Illinois State Police at Zone 3, which has offices in Kankakee, Joliet and LaSalle, when he resigned in 2002.
In 2008, Cluver was placed on probation for two years and ordered to surrender his firearm owner’s identification card after pleading guilty in Ford County Circuit Court to unlawful use of a weapon, a misdemeanor, in exchange for more serious felony charges of aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm being dismissed.
In that case, a Gibson City officer who responded to a domestic disturbance call at Cluver’s apartment was threatened by Cluver while Cluver had a gun in his waistband. The incident led to a two-hour standoff between Cluver and officers from several agencies prior to Cluver being persuaded to exit the apartment.
In January 2011, Cluver was charged in Ford County Circuit Court with driving under the influence of alcohol, but the charge was then dropped about nine months later.
In June 2015, Cluver was charged in Ford County Circuit Court with harassment by telephone, a misdemeanor, and he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge.