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Naperville squatter gets probation, told to find a job

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Naperville squatter Scott Huber was sentenced Thursday to 2 years probation and ordered to find a job.

The sentence from DuPage County Judge Karen Wilson comes nearly two months after Huber was convicted on misdemeanor charges for chasing and taunting a psychologist who asked him to move his downtown street encampment away from her practice.

The judge said Huber must keep court officials apprised of his employment status. In addition, Wilson prohibited Huber from any contact with the psychologist, Kathy Borchardt. He also may not enter her business location, although she no longer practices in Naperville.

Borchardt testified in October that she cowered behind a chair and called 911 as Huber banged on her office door, shouted her name, and quoted Bible verses on Feb. 1, 2010.

The incident unfolded after Borchardt approached the self-described activist with concerns that his campsite outside her building, 4 N. Washington St., might alarm young patients.

At trial, Huber's attorneys portrayed Borchardt as the aggressor. But Wilson said then it was Huber who broke the law after he followed the psychologist into the building, refused to leave, and taunted her.

Huber, 61, could have received up to 180 days in jail for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Huber's encampments have stirred controversy in Naperville for about a decade. In March, the city won a long-sought injunction to bar him and others from sleeping, camping and storing property on downtown streets.

Huber has said his campsites were meant to protest alleged wrongdoing by the city, which he blames for the loss of his home and business.

Borchardt sued Huber for defamation after he began naming her on his protest signs. Court records show the lawsuit was dismissed in early October.

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