Evaluation sought

A Port Clinton man arrested last month in connection to a June 16 sexual assault reported in Bettsville appeared in court, where his attorney requested a competency hearing Thursday.

Dale L. Powell, 58, who was indicted on charges of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; abduction, a third-degree felony; and gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, will undergo evaluation related to his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity at Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Toledo. Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff ordered the evaluations after Mark Klepatz, Powell’s attorney, requested them.

Powell allegedly approached and groped a 16-year-old girl June 16 while she was walking along a creek area in Bettsville, law enforcement said.

The girl allegedly fended him off with a stick and he fled in a minivan.

The girl told law enforcement the man who approached her had been using crutches, but it didn’t appear he needed them.

Powell, a registered sex offender in Ottawa County, had his $500,000 bond continued Thursday by Shuff. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family.

According to his indictment, if convicted of the charges, Powell faces up to 15-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000.