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Son of Holbrook’s former girlfriend charged with threatening public official’s life

St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook
St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook BND

The son of a woman who was once St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook’s girlfriend was indicted in October, according to felony charges filed Friday, of threatening a public official, intimidation, cyberstalking and telephone harassment.

Derek C. Wallace, 45, of Las Vegas, also faces charges of threatening the life of Holbrook.

The indictments state that Wallace called a county clerk employee on Sept. 12 and threatened to kill Holbrook because he did not expunge a child support case and Wallace’s criminal record. Wallace also posted threats to social media, according to the charges.

Wallace is charged with intimidation for allegedly communicating to Holbrook threats by telephone “to expose, without lawful authority, Thomas Holbrook to ridicule, hatred or contempt,” the charges state.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly declined to comment.

Wallace was being held Friday on $250,000 bond at a county jail in Michigan, following his arrest by federal marshals.

According to a written statement from Holbrook’s attorney, Wallace, who had been ordered to pay child support in Madison County, “... allegedly called at least one extension of the (St. Clair) county clerk’s office 31 times, demanding to speak with Tom Holbrook. In the phone messages, Wallace made demands upon Holbrook to expunge these child support and criminal records, or else he would do Holbrook harm.”

Holbrook’s authority as county clerk is limited to St. Clair County except for a small portion of Madison County near Collinsville. The clerk’s office has no authority over matters such as a court order to pay child support.

“Tom Holbrook is hopeful this matter will proceed through the criminal court system for a just result,” the statement said.

According to St. Clair County Court records, Wallace pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse of a minor in 1989 in St. Clair County and received probation.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer

George Pawlaczyk: 618-239-2625, @gapawlaczyk