Elgin library district trustee Hopp ruled competent for trial
By Janelle Walker For The Courier-News September 19, 2012 11:24AM
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:41PM
ST. CHARLES TWP. — Randolph “Randy” Hopp, the embattled Gail Borden Public Library District trustee who was committed to a state mental health institution last month, has been declared competent to stand trial on domestic violence charges and was released from state custody on Wednesday.
Hopp, 62, of Elgin, was declared unable to participate in his own defense by a Kane County jury following a one-day trial on June 26. He was placed in the secure Chester Mental Health Center on Aug. 9 for treatment.
Hopp faces felony charges of aggravated battery to a person over the age of 60, upgraded in December from domestic battery charges, stemming from a March 2011 incident at his Elgin home where he is accused of assaulting his parents.
His next court appearance for that case is now set for Oct. 24.
As a condition of his release on bail, Hopp must continue taking his medications and attending therapy, Judge Marmarie Kostelny said.
“If you should fail to comply, that could constitute a violation of bail bond” and return Hopp to jail, Kostelny told the defendant at a court hearing Wednesday.
Hopp has not attended the monthly library trustee meetings since his incarceration. He did ask to participate via phone for the September meeting last week, but that request was denied.
Hopp was elected to the board in 2009. He has been banned from the Gail Borden Public Library as a patron for three consecutive years, after fellow board members cited repeated complaints of harassment by him toward library staff. That ban officially ended on July 1, but all persons banned from the library for at least one year must submit to an interview with Library Director Carole Medal before re-entry is allowed.