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John Bastin

John Bastin

CROWN POINT — A Lake Superior Court judge agreed to delay a hearing to determine whether a woman should be granted a protective order against a Lake Station School Board member.

The delay was requested by attorney Adrian Guzman, who told Judge John Pera he was hired Wednesday night to represent John Bastin Sr. on allegations the elected official harassed and threatened a 50-year-old woman earlier this year after she tried to break off their romantic relationship.

Bastin, 48, was elected in 2016 as an at-large member of the Lake Station Community Schools Board of Trustees. He took office in 2017 and his term ends in 2020. 

Pera granted the woman a temporary restraining order Oct. 2 after determining by a preponderance of the evidence Bastin represented a creditable threat to the woman's safety. The judge was supposed to hear evidence Friday to determine whether to issue a two-year protective order.

Guzman told Pera at the Friday afternoon court hearing his client indicated there was evidence they could present to rebut the woman's claims, but he needed additional time to gather it.

The woman, who appeared without an attorney, objected to the delay.

“I fear for my safety and the safety of my family,” she said.

Pera agreed to reschedule the hearing to Oct. 26. The temporary restraining order was scheduled to expire Friday, but the judge extended it until the new court date. 

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.