Psychiatric Test Delays Sentencing Of Man Suspected In Molestations

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Resolution to the case of a 28-year-old Mesa del Caballo man accused of molesting young girls in his neighborhood has been put off a few weeks.


The man, who remains unidentified pending the outcome of the case, was to be sentenced July 29 in Gila County Superior Court, after signing a plea agreement. In the agreement, the man agreed to a guilty plea on one count of child molestation and one count of sexual abuse. The defendant's sentence then called for up to 15 years in prison.


"Circumstances came to light which had the defendant's attorney request a Rule 11 evaluation," said Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman. Rule 11 is the state statute that allows for the examination of a defendant's mental status.


"After reviewing the case, the judge agreed to call in a court expert for an evaluation," Wortman said.


Pending the outcome of that evaluation, the defendant is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 2.


(Editor's note: The Roundup maintains its policy not to divulge the name of a suspect involved in a sex crime unless the person is convicted of that crime.)

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