Probation for former Geneva High student in threat case
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News September 27, 2012 4:34PM
Daniel T. Diomedes is charged with threatening the life of a Geneva High School dean.
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:55AM
A former Geneva High School student has received 30 months of probation for a 2011 e-mail that said he wanted a school dean dead.
Daniel Diomedes, who was sentenced Thursday in a hearing before Kane County Judge James Hallock, was found guilty of disorderly conduct after a May bench trial.
The e-mail Diomedes sent to an acquaintance mentioned suicidal thoughts and a list of people he wanted dead.
“I planned not to hurt any kids, I just want the dean at Geneva, my grandparents and my mother dead,” Diomedes wrote in the e-mail, according to court records.
Assistant State’s Attorney Deb Lang told Hallock that this was Diomedes’ second instance of a school-related threat. She said the sentence imposed needed to show the serious implications of e-mailed or Facebook posts.
“In this day and age, it is something not taken lightly,” she said.
To illustrate the impact of the e-mail on the dean, a Geneva police detective testified that earlier this week the dean hid in a school closet for 45 minutes after receiving a text alert indicating Diomedes, who is on GPS monitoring, was near the school. The alert turned out to be an error, the detective said.
Diomedes’ attorney, Scott Sheen, said there is little to be scared of with Diomedes now because he is on medications to combat depression and ADHD diagnosed after his arrest. Diomedes now has a full-time job, Sheen added. Diomedes’ mother testified she does not fear her son, while mentioning he lives with a friend in St. Charles.
Sheen unsuccessfully motioned to have the verdict thrown out, arguing that prosecutors failed to prove Diomedes was guilty of a threat. Sheen said the so-called wish list is not a threat because it is “not necessarily what they are going to do.”
In addition to probation, Diomedes will remain on GPS monitoring for at least another year and is barred from contact with his grandparents and a sibling. Sheen asked for the GPS to be terminated because of the cost involved. He said Diomedes makes minimum wage and lives on-and-off at Lazarus House in St. Charles.
“He has no money to pay for services,” Sheen said.
Geneva police first investigated Diomedes in 2010 after a school classmate became alarmed by a Diomedes’ Facebook post which referenced “killing people tomorrow.” While looking into that message, which resulted in Diomedes’ being kicked out of Geneva High School, police turned up suspected child pornography involving two young female relatives. That case remains pending in juvenile court.