Accused rapist found competent to stand trial

Published 10:16 am Thursday, November 29, 2012

Insanity will not be the defense for a man accused of raping a toddler.

Mental evaluations were admitted Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for Jeremy Curry, 22, of South Point.

Curry previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of first-degree rape, but the evaluation stated the man would be able to stand trial.

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“In the opinion of the examiner, the defendant is competent to stand trial,” said Judge D. Scott Bowling.

Curry’s attorney, Philip Heald objected to the evaluation being admitted into evidence.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said the evaluation was ordered at the request of the defendant, not the state, and moved that the results be entered into evidence.

“If the defendant wants another evaluation, it would be at his expense,” Bowling told Heald.

Curry also waived his right to a speedy trial.

Curry was arrested Sept. 7 and charged with first-degree rape. The complaint filed against him states that Curry “did engage in sexual conduct with a 2-year-old juvenile.”

Curry is being held in the Lawrence County Jail under a $1 million cash bond. The maximum prison sentence for a person found guilty of the first-degree rape of a child under the age of 13 is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In other cases:

• Jason Gollihue, 34, of 5231 Long Branch Road, Barboursville, W.Va., was arraigned on a bill of information and pleaded guilty to three counts of fifth-degree forgery and one count of fifth-degree theft.

Bowling sentenced the man to four years community control sanctions, 30 days in jail, 200 hours of community service and ordered him to attend drug and alcohol treatment.

• Rebecca Allen, 44, of 915 1/2 Park Ave., Ironton, tested positive for Loritab at her drug screening. Bowling revoked her bond and set a $20,000 OR bond plus $30,000 cash or surety bond and set a pretrial for Dec. 12.