Crime

August 14, 2014

Ex-judge's daughter charged with possession of heroin

The daughter of a retired St. Clair County judge and the ex-girlfriend of a man accused of selling drugs to another former St. Clair County judge has been charged with heroin possession.

Katherine C. O'Malley, 34, of Belleville, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of possession of less than 15 grams of heroin. Her bail was set at $50,000.

O'Malley is the daughter of retired Circuit Judge Michael O'Malley. She also is the former girlfriend of Sean McGilvery, of Belleville, who admitted that he sold heroin to former Circuit Judge Michael Cook. Cook is serving a two-year prison sentence in a federal prison camp in Pensacola, Fla., for heroin possession. McGilvery is serving a 10-year sentence for distribution of heroin in the federal prison in Marion.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said O'Malley's relative went to her duplex on Gerri Ann Drive in Belleville on Aug. 4 to pick up a pet after O'Malley was jailed for a retail theft charge.

The landlord went with the relative to open the door. When they went into the apartment, Watson said they discovered drugs sitting on a table. The landlord contacted police.

Sheriff's deputies applied for a warrant, searched the apartment and discovered the heroin, Watson said.

Also charged was O'Malley's roommate, Matthew T. Heuer, 34. Both remain in the St. Clair County Jail.

O'Malley was arrested Aug. 4 on a misdemeanor charge in connection with a clothing theft at the Belleville Target store. O'Malley is accused of stealing a shirt and pair of pants.

Heuer also was charged with retail theft on the same day as O'Malley. He is accused of taking three sets of headphones. Because the headphones were valued at more than $300, Heuer faces a felony charge. His bail was set at $50,000.

Greg Skinner, O'Malley's attorney in the theft case, could not be reached for comment.

O'Malley recently was charged with misdemeanor failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after she struck with her car former Althoff Catholic High School basketball standout Kevin Lisch on July 5 as he was walking along Country Club Lane near Belleville.

O'Malley told Deputy Adam Quirin that she was looking at the landscaping of a home and didn't see Lisch on the side of the road.

Lisch, 28, now plays professional basketball in Spain. He was not seriously injured. A sheriff's deputy said O'Malley impaired by drugs or alcohol, and he did not see a reason to give her a field sobriety test.

O'Malley has 49 other traffic tickets in St. Clair County. She has had no license revocations or suspensions, according to the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

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