Solon Man Charged With Sending Threatening Letters to Regina High School
By Lee Hermiston, reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa. -- A Solon man has been arrested for writing letters accusing Regina High School football coaches of providing performance-enhancing drugs to players.
According to the Iowa City Police Department and criminal complaints, officers were contacted by Regina staff last August after receiving a threatening letter. The letters were allegedly penned by a group calling itself, Regina Parents for Responsible Athletics. The letters claimed football coaches had been giving players steroids since 2010.
The school’s staff was accused of failing to take action against the allegations.
Police said the letters listed several demands and that, if the demands were not met, the letters would be leaked to the media and the Iowa High School Athletic Association. When the demands were not met, the letters were released to multiple media outlets. It is not clear what those demands were.
Police said there is no evidence student-athletes were provided with performance-enhancing drugs. At the time of the incident, Regina president and CEO Lee Iben expressed confidence the incident was a hoax.
Eventually, DNA evidence led police to 44-year-old Daniel L. Stone. Police said Stone refused to cooperate with their investigation. He has been charged with third-degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has also charged Stone with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.
Stone was booked at the Johnson County Jail Wednesday evening and released shortly thereafter.