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Former Lithuanian judge who lived in Crystal Lake jailed for 2 months after extradition

Neringa Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge who lived in Crystal Lake, holds onto her niece moments before the child was taken away by armed police in a raid.
Neringa Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge who lived in Crystal Lake, holds onto her niece moments before the child was taken away by armed police in a raid.

VILNIUS, Lithuania – A Lithuanian court has remanded into custody for two months a former judge who is wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring operating in Lithuania.

Friday’s ruling by the Kaunas district court was in line with the prosecution’s request as Neringa Venckiene, 48, was considered a flight risk given that her son lives in the U.S.

Just before Venckiene was extradited, she reached out to her son, Karolis Venckus, who lives in Crystal Lake and attends McHenry County College.

He shared on Facebook a message he received from his mother Tuesday morning. A family member translated the message from Lithuanian into English for the Northwest Herald.

“Darling Karolis, They are taking me today, now. Say that I took everything I have. I love you very, very much,” Venckiene wrote in the email.

Venckiene, who was extradited back to Lithuania from Chicago on Tuesday, is accused by Lithuanian officials of submitting false reports regarding the existence of the pedophile ring.

Venckiene has maintained that the accusations against her are politically motivated.

Venckiene fled Lithuania in 2013 after receiving death threats. She and her son sought political asylum there.

Arrested at Vilnius’ request in early 2018, she waged an almost two-year legal battle to avoid extradition to Lithuania.

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