Dede Evavold denies violating probation; court hearing set for November

Dede Evavold denied she has violated the conditions of her probation which prohibited her from making any reference to Rucki family in her use of social media during a probation violation hearing today at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.

Today’s hearing was scheduled after Dakota County Community Corrections filed a Probation Violation Report with Dakota County District Court last month alleging Evavold had made repeated references to the Rucki family in her use of social media.

Despite authoring numerous posts where she directly named members of the Rucki family, and also sharing many of the posts on her personal social media accounts, Evavold denied in court today that she violated the conditions of her probation.

Judge Karen Asphaug scheduled an evidentiary hearing for November 2, 2017, at 1:30 PM, where a determination will be made if Evavold has violated the conditions of her probation.

As previously reported by Missing in Minnesota, Evavold has repeatedly violated the explicit terms of her probation by continuing to reference the Rucki family in her use of social media.

Evavold was sentenced on November 10, 2016 after being found guilty of six felony charges related to her involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, who were abducted by their mother near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

Court instructed Evavold not to mention Rucki family on social media

Evavold is not an attorney but is an activist, who also runs a blog focused on exposing what Evavold and her supporters believe are injustices and corruption in the judicial system. She represented herself during her criminal trial and during today’s probation hearing.

Judge Karen Asphaug speaks to Dede Evavold at her sentencing hearing on November 10, 2016

At her sentencing hearing, Judge Asphaug instructed Evavold that she was forbidden from making references to the Rucki family on social media for the length of her probation – eight years.

“You will make no reference to any member of the Rucki family, and that includes the children, Mr. Rucki, Ms. Love, any member of the Rucki family. You will make no reference to them in your use of social media,” said Judge Asphaug during Evavold’s sentencing hearing on November 10, 2016.

Click here to watch a video of Judge Asphaug’s instructions to Evavold.

But since being released from jail, Evavold has ignored the court’s instructions and has written numerous posts which reference the Rucki family.

The first post titled “BACK FROM THE BIG HOUSE”, was publish by Evavold just days after she left jail. In the post, Evavold mentioned the Rucki family. Evavold also boasted about her time in jail and discussed advice she received from Grazzini-Rucki’s family court attorney, Michelle MacDonald.

Evavold has published a steady stream of posts on social media which make reference to the Rucki family, including posts which featured pictures of the Rucki’s home and also a map to their home.

Both Grazzini-Rucki and MacDonald have promoted posts from Evavold since she was released from jail.

Judge Asphaug also said Evavold “showed no remorse or comprehension” for her actions against the Rucki family, adding that Evavold’s actions “disrupted a family for 944 days.”

Evavold facing new criminal charges 

Earlier this month, Evavold was charged with three criminal counts of violating a Harassment Restraining Order granted by a court in Dakota County to protect David Rucki and his family from Evavold’s continued harassment.

She has been charged with three misdemeanors and if convicted, Evavold could be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine on each charge.

Evavold is scheduled to be arraigned at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley on October 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM.

Tomorrow morning, Evavold is scheduled to appear in court in Apple Valley for a hearing about the Harassment Restraining Order granted by Dakota County.

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