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Man sentenced for battering Naperville school staffers

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A 19-year-old man from Montgomery has been ordered to perform public service work and pay fines, after being found guilty of twice battering staff members of the special needs school in Naperville he was attending.

Kyle A. Rhoden pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery of a school employee and a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault of a teacher or school employee, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. Judge Brian J. Diamond accepted the pleas, court records indicated.Diamond on Tuesday ordered Rhoden to serve five days in the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, and placed him on a year of probation in connection with the misdemeanor case, records showed. The judge also assessed unspecified fines and court costs in both matters, according to records.

Rhoden attended Camelot of Naperville, a special needs school located at 1220 Bond Street, just west of the Brookdale neighborhood on the city's northwest side. He was arrested twice in less than a year for attacking school staff members.

Naperville police took Rhoden into custody about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 11, after he fought with school counselors. A written police report stated he refused to allow them to search him or his property, after a metal detector sounded and showed a foreign object hidden inside one of his socks.

"Rhoden then threw a punch at a counselor" that missed, the report read. Police were called and Rhoden was arrested.

A police sergeant in February said the object in Rhoden's sock proved to be a cell phone. School policy prohibits students from carrying the devices on campus.

Police were previously called to the school about 10:22 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2012, after Rhoden pushed a teacher who was trying to direct him to another location because of his disruptive behavior, a police spokesman said. The instructor was not injured.

Kirk Dorn, spokesman for Camelot Schools LLC, in a February e-mail said Camelot of Naperville "serves students with extraordinary needs ranging from cognitive and emotional disabilities to autism and other health impairments."

"Because of our structure and professional training, our staff was able to quickly handle this situation at the morning entrance and ensure that no students were ever in danger," Dorn wrote.

"This incident is especially unfortunate, considering the student has made great progress and was changing his life for the better with us," Dorn said of Rhoden.

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