IOWA CITY — The Solon man behind the Regina steroid hoax has pleaded guilty to harassment and interference with official acts.
According to court documents, on Thursday, 44-year-old Daniel L. Stone entered the guilty plea. In exchange, the state will recommend that Stone be fined $500 for the two charges and pay surcharges and court costs.
Stone was arrested last month for letters he sent to Regina last year. According to the Iowa City Police Department, Stone sent letters to Regina administrators which claimed coaches there had been giving football players steroids since 2010.
The letters, which claimed to be penned by an organization calling itself Regina Parents for Responsible Athletics, accused Regina staff of not taking action and said that if certain demands were not met, the steroid accusations would be sent to the media. When the Regina administration did not cave to those demands, the letters were released to multiple media outlets.
Police have said there was no truth to the accusations that Regina student-athletes were being supplied with steroids.
The case went without an arrest until DNA evidence allegedly linked Stone to the letters. Stone was arrested and also charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.
Stone initially demanded a jury trial and was scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 9.
Still pending is a case against Stone brought by the Johnson County attorney’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, in 2012, Stone obtained two bank loans with income documents that had either been forged or had inaccurate information. Stone was charged earlier this month with two counts of fraudulent practices, a Class C felony. Each count carries a potential 10 year sentence.
An arraignment for the fraudulent practices charges has not yet been scheduled.