Mary Alice Reporting –

Judge Elizabeth Thomakos agreed to a second competency evaluation for a man facing counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

31-year-old Jason Gordon was in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court, Wednesday, with his attorney Richard Drake.

It was noted that, due to the health crisis, a competency evaluation occurred over the phone, and the judge, defense, and prosecutor agreed that due to the results, a second opinion was needed, as Thomakos read a part of the document.

“It was his opinion that Mr. Gordon is presently mentally ill, experiencing difficulty with depression and anxiety in part due to his traumatic past and current circumstances. In the specific issue of assisting in his own defense, he did say [Gordon] would need accommodation in the form of clear and concrete explanations of terms and options to assist him.”

Drake also asked for the second review due to the possible consequence of a life sentence.

The charges against Gordon alleged that in 2008, 2001, and 2012, he had engaged in unlawfully sexual contact with two separate minors, both under the age 13 at the time.

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