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Attorney seeks competency hearing for Jeffersonville man facing dozens of counts of child molestation

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Michael Begin at a recent court appearance at the Clark County courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Michael Begin at a recent court appearance at the Clark County courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- The attorney for a southern Indiana man facing more than two dozen child molestation charges is seeking an examination to determine whether her client is mentally ill.

A Clark County judge is expected to make a decision next Wednesday on the request by Jennifer Culotta, who represents Michael Begin.

Culotta filed a motion in February seeking a psychiatric evaluation to determine the Jeffersonville man's competency to stand trial. An amended motion she filed April 17 asks that physicians evaluating Begin also determine whether he has a "mental disease or defect."

Begin allegedly molested the children, between the ages of 3 and 8, while working at a YMCA and as an elementary school teaching assistant.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull has said he believes Begin is competent to stand trial.

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