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Trial approaching for man accused of incest, rape

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Elizabethtown resident accused of 13 felonies

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man facing 13 counts of sex-related felony charges has a January trial date approaching and is scheduled to appear for motion hour Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

George William Beason Jr., 32, was indicted last December on three counts of incest, third-degree rape, three counts of third-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, distribution of obscene matter to a minor and second-degree persistent felony offense.

Beason was arrested Oct. 19, 2011, after Elizabethtown police said he had sexual intercourse with a female relative, who was less than 16 years old at the time of the offense.

The indictment does not allege forcible contact.

Beason, who is being represented by the Department of Public Advocacy, is scheduled to appear for motion hour at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom.

According to court records, his attorneys filed a motion Wednesday to introduce evidence in the case.

The case is scheduled to proceed to jury trial Jan. 23.

In June, Beason was ruled fit to stand trial following a competency hearing.

According to court documents, Beason’s attorney requested a competency evaluation because the defendant “may be having auditory and/or visual hallucinations.”

In August, defense counsel also filed several motions requesting the girl’s school records from years 2009 to 2011 pertaining to disciplinary actions and grades, the teen’s medical records and a report by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

According to Elizabethtown police, law enforcement became involved in the case when the girl reported the sexual activity to her mother, who in turn contacted social services.

Beason has been lodged since September at the Grayson County Detention Center.

His bond in Hardin County is set at $250,000 cash.

Incest is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Distribution of obscene matter to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor while the remaining charges are Class D felonies.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.