At a hearing at the Maybrook courthouse on July 13, a Cook County grand jury indicted Larry Herbst, of Riverside, charging him with four counts of stalking a 29-year-old Lyons woman for at least four months.
Herbst, who served three terms on the Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 Board of Education, including four years as board president, will be arraigned at a hearing slated for July 29 at the Maybrook courthouse, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Herbst, 63, was arrested by Riverside police June 17 after an investigation that began in May. Police said Herbst stalked the woman more than 30 times between February and May, oftentimes watching her through binoculars while seated in his car.
According to police, Herbst never attempted to make any contact with the woman, but alleged that he followed her “almost daily” as she walked to the Riverside train station from her home in Lyons.
The woman reportedly was not aware she was being followed. According to police, it was only when a fellow commuter tipped her off that he had seen a man in a vehicle follow her several times a week that she went to police. That person had also jotted down the license plate of the vehicle reportedly following her.
During their investigation, police said other witnesses came forward to corroborate the woman’s story. The evidence reportedly included photos of Herbst sitting in his vehicle along the route the woman walked to the train station.
“In each of these situations, he was observed stalking the victim and was many times viewing her through binoculars,’ Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said at the time of Herbst’s arrest.
Herbst was a member of the District 208 school board from 1999 to 2011. He is also the past president of the Riverside Little League and the Riverside Swim Club, and he previously served on the Riverside Parks and Recreation Board.