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Man accused of child sexual ssault to undergo psych evaluation

Assistant News Editor

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 00:02

A Walker County man has been indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault on a child and currently awaits a psychological evaluation, according to court documents.

Ronald O’Neil Brown, 46, is accused of the alleged sexual assault a child in 2012 and was indicted on aggravated sexual assault on Sept. 7, 2012.

In this case, Director of the Psychological Services Center and forensic psychologist Mary Conroy, Ph.D., will evaluate Brown to determine whether or not he is competent enough to stand trial.

Brown has been ordered to submit to evaluation by the 278th District Court of Texas, under article 46B.003 of the Texas state criminal code.

According to the aforementioned article, a person is deemed incompetent if they lack “sufficient, present ability to consult with [their] lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding” or “a rational [and] factual understanding of the proceedings.”

“The number one reason the courts ask [for an evaluation] is to find if [the defendant] is competent to stand trial,” Conroy said. “Do they suffer some mental defect that prevents them from having a rational and factual understanding of the charges against them.”

If Brown is found incompetent to stand trial, the trial will be postponed until he regains competency.

“If you find that the person is not currently competent, and the court agrees with you, then they are probably going to be sent to a hospital for restoration of competence,” Conroy said.

Brown will be evaluated before Oct. 31, as ordered by the court.

Brown was scheduled to appear before a judge Monday, but the appearance was cancelled and is planned to be rescheduled next month.

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