Posted: Aug 10, 2010 6:47 AM by Sharlee Barriere
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has granted a continuance
in the scheduled trial of a former private-school counselor accused
of a federal sex crime.
The U.S. District Judge Richard Haik signed the
order Friday, but it was not published until Monday.
The order was in response to a joint motion filed by attorneys
for Allison Hargrave and the U.S. Attorney's Office seeking
additional time to conduct a mental examination to determine
whether Hargrave is competent to stand trial.
Hargrave, who served as a counselor at Ascension Episcopal
School, is accused by federal prosecutors of using e-mail to entice
a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity. She was set to
stand trial Monday.
Hargrave's attorney filed notice in July that his client intends
to use an insanity defense.