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Man not competent to stand trial in rape case

October 8, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - A Wintersville man charged with rape was found not competent to stand trial after a competency hearing Monday in the courtroom of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese.

Andre L. Wade, 33, of 309 Orchard Place, Wintersville, was indicted on single counts of rape, possession of drugs and misdemeanor assault after being arrested by Wintersville Police on April 5.

At the time, police and the Jefferson County prosecutor's office alleged Wade assaulted a male teenager and raped of a 17-year-old female in a wooded area behind the football field at the Indian Creek High School.

Police were notified shortly before 5 p.m. on April 5 of the assault and rape. At the time, both the male and female teenagers were taken to Trinity Medical Center West for an examination and treatment.

During Monday's hearing, Edward Littlejohn, assistant prosecutor, said Wade was found not competent to stand trial. Bruzzese ordered Wade transferred to a mental institution to "be restored to competency," according to Littlejohn, adding Wade will have up to one year to be restored competent enough to stand trail.

"If he's found to be competent earlier than that, then he will stand trail," Littejohn added.

During earlier testimony, the male teen said he was talking to his girlfriend in the wooded area when Wade told the couple they were on his property, according to testimony at Wade's preliminary hearing in Wintersville county court. The boyfriend said Wade then punched him in the face and began to sexually assault the girl.

Wade continued to assault the boyfriend, while the girlfriend told Wade to do whatever he wanted as long as Wade stopped assaulting her boyfriend.

The boyfriend and girlfriend went to the school gym, where play practice was being held, and told a teacher what happened. The teacher then called 911, the boyfriend said.

Wintersville Police Sgt. Shawn Gegick said he was looking for a suspect in the rape investigation when he saw Wade in a vehicle on Orchard Place with two other people. Gegick said Wade had on clothes matching the description of the assailant. Wade then was taken into custody.

(Staff writer Mark Law also contributed to this story.)

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