By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A man twice indicted on several sexual abuse charges involving a minor child will now receive a psychological evaluation from his defense attorney’s “expert witness.”
George Morning Clouse, 44, with a Jellico, Tenn. address, appeared before Judge Paul K. Winchester Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court with his attorney, Jim Wren, for a motion hearing.
While reportedly living at a Williamsburg homeless shelter, Clouse was first indicted on 12 counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving a child younger than 12 in September, according to court documents.
Clouse faces charges that he allegedly abused the child once a month between January and December 2007.
Then in June, Clouse was handed a five-count indictment for five counts of first-degree sodomy. The first count states the crime allegedly took place Jan. 8, 2007. The second count alleges the crime to have occurred on Aug. 13, 2007. The third count alleges the crime took place June 1, 2008. The fourth count alleges this crime occurred Sept. 22, 2008. The fifth count alleges the crime took place Oct. 15, 2008.
On Monday, Clouse stood in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit with Wren.
Wren discussed his motion requesting Clouse be reviewed by an “expert witness,” whom he said has been used before in other cases.
Wren explained that the expert witness is a forensic psychologist, and that the evaluation would apply for both cases against Clouse.
He further explained that when Clouse was evaluated at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange, doctors there prescribed him medication which made him competent to stand trial.
“But when (he was brought) back to (the Whitley County Detention Center) he was off (that) medication,” Wren said. “(We want) to ask the forensic psychologist to evaluate (Clouse), (and) find out what medicine he needs…so that he’s competent (to stand trial).”
Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble had no objection to the motion, saying “he’s got the right to examine” Clouse.
Clouse will now face a pretrial conference in September, where results of his evaluations will likely be reviewed.
Clouse remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond.