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Batavia teen in bomb-making case appears in court

Court awaits psychological evaluation of suspect

Batavia High School
Batavia High School

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A psychological evaluation of the Batavia High School student charged with possession of explosives is expected to be delivered to a Kane County judge within three weeks.

The teen boy appeared before 16th Circuit Associate Judge Kathryn Karayannis on Wednesday at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.

Karayannis said she has been in contact with the doctor at the Kane County Diagnostic Center preparing the report, which is to be delivered to the court in a sealed envelope.

Defense attorney Gary Johnson contended that he should receive the report first, but Karayannis denied his request.

Karayannis set Jan. 30 as the next court appearance for the teen, who is being held at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center.

The boy’s parents stood behind him during the brief hearing. Near the end of the proceedings, the judge turned to the boy.

“How are you doing?” Karayannis said.

“All right,” the boy replied softly.

Kane County assistant state’s attorneys Bridget Sabbie and Michelle Katz also stood before the judge. Representing Batavia School District 101 was Tony Inglese, the district’s chief financial officer.

The teen was charged Nov. 29 after an investigation by the Batavia Police Department, the Kane County Bomb Unit, the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors.

The FBI had received a tip indicating that a person in Batavia had purchased materials that when mixed together could be used in the creation of explosives.

Batavia police assisted the FBI and the county bomb unit with a search of the student’s home, locating various amounts of explosive ingredients and containers.

The ingredients were destroyed in a controlled detonation. A search of Batavia High School was conducted using bomb-sniffing dogs, but no explosives or explosive components were found on school property.

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