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EC Tutor Receives Probation After Plea Agreement With Middlesex DA

By Douglas E. Heimburger
Editor in Chief

Dimitri J. Kountourogiannis G was sentenced last week to one year of probation for his involvement at an Oct. 2 fire at East Campus.

Kountourogiannis, who was charged with arson in connection with the blaze, plead guilty to disturbing the peace, under an agreement with Middlesex District Attorney Tom Reilly, spokesperson Brian Heffron said yesterday.

In addition to one year's probation, Kountourogiannis was also ordered to perform six hours of community service each week for the next year at the Shriner's burn center, and to pay the Cambridge Fire Department $2,000 for their expenses in fighting the fire.

Kountourogiannis received pretrial probation on a second charge, burning personal property. If Kountourogiannis violates the terms of his probation, he may face trial on this second charge, Heffron said.

Amy Barron-Evans, who represented Kountourogiannis in court, said that the outcome was a "very fair resolution for both sides."She declined further comment.

Student required to repay MIT

Kountourogiannis was also ordered to repay MITfor its costs in repairing the damage from the blaze. It started when Kountourogiannis poured an accelerating chemical on the carpeting of the floor, spelling out "41," the hall's moniker, and then set it on fire.

In the process of fighting the fire, Kountourogiannis received first and second degree burns. He was treated and released at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Andrew S. Eisenmann '70, associate dean of residence life and student life programs, said yesterday he did not know how much Kountourogiannis would be expected to reimburse the Institute for the fire.

After the fire, Cambridge Fire inspectors estimated the damage at $15,000.

Eisenmann declined to comment on whether the Institute plans to undertake additional disciplinary hearings against Kountourogiannis.

On Oct. 5, Kountourogiannis was arraigned on one count of setting fire to a dwelling in Cambridge District Court. That charge carried a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Kountourogiannis, who was suspended as the graduate resident tutor for the floor and moved to Tang Hall, could not be located last night.