JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The attorney for a southern Indiana man charged with molesting 19 children 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 18-year-old 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 19 children between the ages of 3 and 8 while working at a YMCA and as an elementary school teaching assistant.
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Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull tells the News and Tribune he believes Begin is competent to stand trial.
Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com