Geneva Man Charged With Domestic Battery, Violation of Order of Protection

The following information was supplied by the Geneva Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Geneva police arrested James Schnaitman, 42, of Geneva on charges of domestic battery bodily harm to a family member and violation of order of protection after an incident around 5:05 p.m. Nov. 7 in the 800 block of Valley Lane, reports said.

According to the synopsis sheet, police responded to a report of domestic battery, and when they arrived, they found a woman in the driveway screaming while Schnaitman was standing over her and three small children were on the residence’s front steps screaming that Schnaitman was going to kill their mother.

According to reports from witnesses and the victim, Schnaitman had grabbed the victim from behind and started choking her. The victim broke free and obtained a knife, but Schnaitman grabbed her by the neck again, kicked away the knife, picked it up and held it to her throat, reports.

Police told Schnaitman to step away from the victim, and the victim was transported to Delnor Hospital. The report said Schnaitman “has an order of protection against himself with (the victim) and the children being protected.”


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McLisa November 21, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The strange part about this story is that he lived in the house and watched the kids every day while the mother went to work. He was allowed to be the caregiver to these children and had an order of protection? Strange.
Stacey Schnaitman November 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
He was being monitored by the Court System and you do not know the entire story. Stacey Schnaitman Victim and Mother of the children.
Stacey Schnaitman November 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
He was being monitored by the Court System and you do not know the entire story. Stacey Schnaitman Victim and Mother of the children.
Megan Fox December 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Google them! The real victims are the kids. No child should ever have to be subjected to this. They are becoming emotionally scared by the endless verbal and emotional abuse in this relationship. Domestic abuse is not always at the hands of the man. In this case there are weeks / months where Mr. Schnaitman is tormented verbally and emotionally by Mrs. Schnaitman until the situation esculates into a full blown fight, it seams that it occurs every spring and every fall to no avail. The vicitm is always Mrs. Schnaitman in this case or at least that is the picture that she paints for the community. She has called the police and claimed false accuasations, was she arrested for making a false police report. Nope! This women is a manipulator who is really good at acting like the victim. Her former boss rented his house to her and the family, they failed to pay the rent, and trashed the house. As for daycare, most of the area daycares will not take them anymore for nonpayment! Local churches have paid their rent on a home they rented in St. Charles. I would love someone to pay my rent. Any volunteers? The vicitm is not Stacey Schnaitman it is her children. These children deserve a stable home, free of the yelling, fighting and bickering that goes on.


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