CLINTON — Two counts of felony sexual abuse filed against a Clinton man were dismissed after he was deemed not competent to stand trial.
District Court Judge John Telleen on Tuesday ordered two counts of second-degree sexual abuse against Travis L. Thomas, 22, 2519 N. Third St., Apt. 1, be dismissed. The order filed by Telleen states the court reviewed the neuropsychological consultation filed with the court Feb. 10. The court also reviewed prior evaluations, and concluded that efforts to restore Thomas to competency to stand trial were made and were unsuccessful, the order says.
“Defendant remains unable to appreciate the charge against him, understand the proceedings or effectively assist in his defense,” the order says. “The medical records reviewed by the court indicate that the defendant is unlikely to benefit from any further efforts at restoration to establish competency to stand trial. Upon reviewing the reports, the court indicated that it had no choice other than to dismiss the charge against the defendant. Counsel for the State and counsel for the defendant agreed.”
The case was ordered to be dismissed with costs assessed to the State.
According to a court affidavit, at 5:45 p.m. May 20, an officer was dispatched to MercyOne Clinton’s emergency room, 1410 N. Fourth St., for a report of a sexual assault. A juvenile reported he was sexually assaulted by Thomas between 10 p.m. May 8 and 2:30 a.m. May 9.
The affidavit says that at 10:45 a.m. May 29, an officer conducted a recorded interview with Thomas at the Clinton Police Department. Thomas admitted to committing two sex acts with the juvenile, the court document states.
“Thomas explained that it was a ‘mistake’ and knew he shouldn’t have done it,” the affidavit says.