- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The attorney for a Maine man charged with supplying alcohol to an 11-year-old girl before he allegedly assaulted her sexually says her client isn’t mentally competent to stand trial.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2h2qLo4 ) attorney Sherry Tash on Monday said 22-year-old Travis Gerrier, most recently of Dixmont and Carmel, has issues with low intelligence, autism, mood disorders and social anxiety. She says Gerrier has the judgment skills of an 11- or 12-year-old.

Tash says Gerrier thinks he can be acquitted if the girl testifies that he didn’t force her to have sexual contact.

Gerrier has pleaded not guilty to charges including gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and furnishing liquor to a minor.

Prosecutors say Gerrier has the skills to stand trial and can make decisions with his attorney’s help.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/


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