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Prison threat eases in case of troubled ex-teacher

The threat of a jail or prison sentence appears to have waned in the case of an award-winning former schoolteacher from Naperville, who has been convicted of burglary and narcotics possession.

Jeremiah T. Komon had been a sixth-grade language arts, science and social studies teacher and boys’ basketball coach at Plainfield School District 202’s Aux Sable Middle School. The 34-year-old Komon lives on the 4000 block of Colton Circle, in the River Run area of Naperville’s far south side.

Prosecutors from the Will County state’s attorney’s office had sought to revoke the probation Komon received late last spring in connection with the Jan. 29, 2013 theft of a 2005 Jaguar that had been left idling outside a service station in Romeoville. A Will County Circuit Court judge in June sentenced Komon on an amended charge of burglary, ordering him to spend 75 days in jail and placing him on two years of probation.

Komon was subsequently accused of having “deliberately sabotaged his intake interview” with representatives of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, or TASC, said Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow. That prompted prosecutors to seek revocation of his probation.

Court records indicated TASC officials on Monday reported Komon was “in compliance” with the terms of his probation. Glasgow’s lieutenants that day withdrew their petition to have Komon’s probation revoked.

Komon is on probation until June 5, 2015, court records showed. He still runs the risk of being jailed or imprisoned should he again violate the terms of his probation.

Naperville police arrested Komon on Jan. 31, 2013, only two days after the Romeoville crime. A patrol officer who stopped his car near Sanctuary Lane and Rickert Drive charged him with possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and retail theft.

DuPage County Circuit Court records indicated Komon pleaded guilty less than a month later to the narcotics-possession charge. He was sentenced to 58 days in jail and placed on two years of probation.

Komon has also been convicted of trespassing in Aurora, shoplifting in Naperville and theft in Bolingbrook.

A March 2008 School District 202 online posting showed Komon was one of numerous teachers honored during the 32nd annual CAPE Awards ceremony. The awards are presented by the district’s committee for the “Coordination of Administration and Parent Groups for Educational Efficiency.”

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