A man from Naperville has been sentenced to two years in prison for stalking a female acquaintance nearly two years ago, a campaign that included sending her intimate, anonymous letters and following her about town.
Steven F. Schmitt, 56, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to a felony charge of stalking/causing a person distress. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on Monday formally accepted Schmitt’s plea and imposed the prison sentence, according to court records.
Companion charges of stalking/causing fear for safety and stalking/follows twice or more were dismissed in exchange for that plea, records showed.
Schmitt last lived on the 800 block of Cardiff Road, in the Brighton Ridge area of central Naperville. He was arrested the evening of April 17, 2012 by Naperville police.
Sgt. John Westlove in 2012 said Schmitt was arrested following a probe by members of the police department’s investigations division.
A woman then in her late 20s and who is not a Naperville resident initially contacted police in July 2011, after she began receiving “multiple,” unsigned letters at her workplace, said Westlove, who would not identify the business.
The letters were “not threatening in nature,” but their content indicated the sender “knew intimate details of the victim’s life,” Westlove said.
Westlove said the woman told police she later noted a motorist “following her vehicle in his vehicle” as she drove to and from work and near her home. That led to the eventual identification of Schmitt, with whom the woman is acquainted, he said.
Schmitt, during a subsequent police interview, “did not disclose anything” about his behavior, Westlove said. Detectives determined weapons played no part in the case, nor was there ever any face-to-face confrontation or physical contact involving Schmitt and the woman, he said.
An examination of court documents showed Schmitt had no prior criminal record in DuPage, Kane or Will counties.