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Geneva letter-writer trial date set

Hate mail led to 4 disorderly conduct charges

Anton L. Purkart of Geneva was charged with four counts of disorderly conduct in connection with derogatory letters he allegedly sent to four people.
Anton L. Purkart of Geneva was charged with four counts of disorderly conduct in connection with derogatory letters he allegedly sent to four people.

ST. CHARLES – A bench trial for a Geneva man accused of sending anonymous hate mail to local residents is scheduled for June 25 at Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

Anton Purkart, 50, was charged July 13 with four counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, in that he knowingly sending anonymous derogatory statements to several individuals “in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm and disturb … and provoke a breach of the peace,” according to the charging documents.

Letters attributed to Purkart targeted women, a gay man and Hispanics, according to police reports.

Disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor. Purkart faces four charges, each with a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,500 if convicted.

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