Angry parent accused of threatening to kill Lisle volleyball coach
After his daughter was benched at a regional match, a Lisle man threatened to kill a high school volleyball coach and rape the man's family members, prosecutors said Monday.
John Kasik, 61, also is accused of battering Lisle High School Athletic Director Dan Dillard during a confrontation at school offices.
Police arrested Kasik at his home on the 4400 block of Arbor View Drive on Friday. He was charged with felony telephone harassment and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
Authorities said Kasik's temper flared after his daughter was pulled from a volleyball match that her team lost on Thursday. Afterward, he followed Dillard's vehicle, pulled up next to him and began shouting about the game, said DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin.
Dillard invited Kasik to discuss the issue at school the following day. But Kasik went home and left numerous text messages and voice mails threatening Varsity Volleyball Coach Matt Hrubesky, Berlin said. The messages continued for about five hours, from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., according to police.
"He left voice-mail messages telling the coach he's going to rape his wife and daughter and kill him," Berlin said.
Kasik arrived at the high school the following morning for a meeting that quickly turned hostile, according to the charges. At one point, Berlin said, Dillard tried to end the discussion but Kasik blocked the athletic director's path out of the office and "bumped" him repeatedly.
Kasik posted a $30,000 cash bond Monday and was released from police custody. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Dillard declined to comment, and Lisle Unit District 202 Superintendent Keith Filipiak and Lisle High School Principal Pete Sullivan did not respond to messages. Hrubesky could not be reached.
Kasik could face up to three years in prison if convicted of felony harassment. Berlin said the case was charged as a felony rather than a misdemeanor because it involved a death threat.
"It's unfortunate when parents react this way and take their frustrations out on school personnel," he said. "We will protect these people so they can do their jobs and not have to worry about these kinds of threats."
Kasik has no prior criminal history in DuPage, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear Nov. 19 before Judge John Kinsella.