Judge Orders Competency Screening for Sex Abuse Defendant

A DC Superior Court judge ordered a preliminary screening to determine if a sex abuse defendant is competent to stand trial.

The defendant allegedly grabbed the victim from behind and thrust his pelvis into her at the Shaw-Howard metro station. The victim went to a station manager, who contacted the Metro Transit Police Department, according to court documents. The defendant was arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit third-degree sex abuse.

During a Feb. 9 hearing, Judge Milton Lee ordered the 22-year-old defendant assessed by the Department of Behavioral Health. Parties are scheduled to reconvene for a mental observation hearing on Feb. 22.