Judge orders mental evaluation for teen accused of molesting young children
A judge has ordered an evaluation to determine if an 18-year-old accused child molester in Clark County, Indiana is mentally ill.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A judge has ordered an evaluation to determine if an 18-year-old accused child molester in Clark County, Indiana is mentally ill.
Michael Begin, 18, is to undergo an exam to determine if he has “a mental disease or defect” and if he is competent to stand trial as early as August, in accordance with the ruling from Clark circuit judge Andrew Adams on Wednesday.
Begin’s attorney first asked for a competency exam in February and asked for it to be expanded last month.
Begin faces 26 criminal charges. He is accused of molesting children between the ages of 3 and 8 while working at the Jeffersonville YMCA and as an elementary school teaching assistant.
Begin’s attorney had not returned a phone call for comment Wednesday afternoon. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull has said he believes Begin is competent to stand trial.
Begin’s trial is scheduled for August 21 in Clark Circuit Court No. 1 in Jeffersonville.
Families of several alleged victims have filed seven civil suits against Begin, his family, the YMCA and Greater Clark County Schools.
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