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Scaring children in the name of love


Long-distance relationships can be trying. Just ask the Virginia man was so distraught over his Idaho virtual honey, he felt compelled to call in two bomb threats to the Kuna elementary school at which she worked. Following an intensive inter-state investigation, extradition to Idaho and an initial "not-guilty" plea, Kirk Gregory Denino finally admitted in federal court on March 23 to calling in a pair of bomb threats to Hubbard Elementary last August.

While no evidence exists to indicate that Denino took steps to carry out the threats, the school took them very seriously. On August 27 and 30, approximately 600 students and staff member were evacuated from Hubbard, and many parents kept their children home for days afterward out of fear of attacks.

Denino faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for the crime. Hubbard staff members or parents of students who wish to speak at his sentencing, or submit written statements, can contact victim-witness coordinators at the U.S. Attorney's office in Boise, at 334-1211.